Arsenal advanced to the Europa League knockout stage with a narrow victory over Bodo/Glimt.
After combining with impressive midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, Bukayo Saka’s toe-poked effort hit a defender before ricocheting back off his chin and past the helpless goalkeeper.
Bodo/Glimt entered the game on a 14-game winning streak at home in Europe, fueled by a boisterous crowd, but they were guilty of a number of clear-cut opportunities.
In the first half, Amahl Pellegrino skewed wide when through on goal, while Runar Espejord fired over from eight yards out in the second.
The fact that Arsenal had to bring on Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli after an hour on the artificial pitch in Norway was far from vintage Arsenal.
The result, combined with the fact that he was able to rest key striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Gabriel, will delight manager Mikel Arteta.
The victory moves Arsenal five points clear of third-placed Bodo/Glimt, who have played one more game after the Gunners’ match against PSV Eindhoven was postponed due to policing issues following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last month.
The rescheduled match against second-placed PSV takes place next Thursday, with a win ensuring Arsenal’s progression.