Bodo/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen has praised Arsenal style of play but insists he has a plan to stifle the Gunners. He’s confident he can stop Arsenal after watching videos of them play.
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He cited Arsenal’s recent encounter with Spurs and claims Tottenham could have won or given Arsenal a fight if they had attacked more rather than just counter attacked.
Arsenal will be looking to make it two wins from two when they face Bodo/Glimt on Thursday in the Europa League after defeating FC Zurich in their first game.
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Albeit Arteta will surely rotate the squad, bookies tip Arsenal to win. Speaking ahead of the game Kjetil Knutsen said:
“I started watching Arsenal against Zurich to analyse Zurich, but my concentration and my gaze went towards Arsenal because I was thinking, “What the hell are they actually doing?!”
”There are a lot of rotations, so you have to pick them apart and see where are the players who are fairly stable in their role and where are the players who rotate a lot.‘It’s just extremely high-level, high-intensity football with extremely high-level individual qualities.”
“But when you get to see it over time, it’s not very complicated.‘They have a number of rotations with the left-back and central midfielder, who has a lot of freedom, but it’s a lot less on their right side.”
But the way we defend, it doesn’t matter too much [which opposition] players run where because we are very zone-orientated in the way we defend.‘If we played a man-to-man system we would have a huge challenge to face, but we are at the other end of the scale [in terms of approach] so that’s probably the least of my worries.”
“They attack with a lot of people, they’re patient and then suddenly they have that burst in the final third.‘But they also leave space in behind them which we will have to exploit.”
“We need to be aggressive in the low block, high intensity in the high press, and we will have to control the ball. Tottenham only defended, Zurich only defended – if you do that you won’t stand a chance against them.”