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Bodo/Glimt coach Knutsen insists Arsenal tactics hold no fears: What the hell is Arteta doing?!

Bodo/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen says facing Mikel Arteta's Arsenal holds no tactical fears.

Bodo/Glimt meet the Gunners in the Europa League tonight.

"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?!' Knutsen said.

Arsenal went ahead in their opening group game through summer signing Marquinhos, and Eddie Nketiah scored a second-half winner after Zurich briefly drew themselves level in St Gallen.

"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.

"When you get to see it over time, it's not very complicated.

"They [Arsenal] 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."



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