Arsenal FC vs Bodo Glimt: Four academy stars selected for Europa League trip


rsenal have included four of their most promising academy stars in the squad for tonight’s Europa League clash against Bodo/Glimt.

Catalin Cirjan, Khayon Edwards, Bradley Ibrahim and Under-21 captain Matt Smith have all traveled to Norway as the Gunners seek to confirm their qualification for the knockout stages.

Manager Mikel Arteta turned to the quartet to bolster his traveling squad after Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko were left at home.

Jesus was hit after coming off against Liverpool but the decision was made to leave the striker out of the game, while Zinchenko continues to be hampered by a muscle injury.

Arteta said this week of Jesus: “We thought with everything he’s been through for the past few weeks, we thought it was better for him to stay there.

Edwards is a striker and will likely replace Eddie Nketiah, while midfielders Cirjan, Ibrahim and Smith are hoping for a few minutes with Thomas Partey, Fabio Vieira and Granit Xhaka likely to be left out.

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