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Mikel Arteta singles out ‘phenomenal’ Arsenal star after Bodo/Glimt

Arsenal were in Europa League action on Thursday evening.


The Gunners took on Bodo/Glimt away from home in their third Europa League tie of the season.

Mikel Arteta made a lot of changes for the match, but Arsenal were still able to come away with a 1-0 win.

Bukayo Saka scored the only goal of the game 24 minutes in, with Arsenal now sat top of their group with nine points.

After the match, Mikel Arteta singled out goalkeeper Matt Turner for praise:

“He is improving, he’s getting better, obviously we’re asking him different things from what other managers have asked him to do,” Arteta said.

“He was much better in the first half than in the second half in my opinion. We could have had some more control.

“But I think he was phenomenal in the goal in situations especially when defending the area in behind the centre halves, and in the one-against-one situations he was really good.”

Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta also expressed his injury concerns after his side played on Bodo/Glimt’s artificial pitch:

“You are [worried about injuries], but it’s the squad we have,” he told reporters.

“We had 16 players available. So I have to play 11, and I don’t want those 11 to play 90 minutes here, because I know probably what is going to happen in the next day or two.

“If they get injured here we should be talking about how we should not be risking a player, or risk [another] player. At the end, they have to play.”

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