Bodo/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen paid tribute to an ‘extremely good’ Matt Turner performance after Arsenal’s back-up goalkeeper kept a clean sheet during Thursday’s 1-0 UEFA Europa League victory in Norway, speaking to the club’s official website.
Eight months after his £7 million move from MLS outfit New England Revolution was confirmed, Turner continues to provide as many questions as answers.
Yes, his distribution clearly needs some work. The drop off between Turner and number one Aaron Ramsdale, when it comes to starting attacks from the back, is certainly substantial. But, as Arsenal maintained their near-perfect start to the season in the Arctic Circle, Turner proved that he can be relied upon with his hands, even if his feet continue to cause concern.
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“We have to praise their goalkeeper. There are some extremely good saves,” Knutsen says.
Following Bukayo Saka’s fortuitous first-half opener, Bodo/Glimt dominated proceedings at the Aspmyra Stadium; creating chance after chance in a furious second-half fightback. In the end, Knutsen’s side only had themselves to blame, squandering countless opportunities as Arsenal clung onto their one-goal lead.
“I am incredibly proud,” Knutsen adds. “We play an even match against a top international team. We are maintaining a level that shows that we’ve learned from the previous match (a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates).
“A very good performance today.”
Knutsen, meanwhile, was full of praise about the way Mikel Arteta has gradually transformed Arsenal into one of the most consistent teams in English football; the Gunners having come on leaps and bounds since his appointment nearly three years ago.
“I hope we can get the opportunity to visit Arsenal (again),” Knutsen says, via Dagbladet. “The way he (Arteta) has developed the team is extremely impressive.”
Arsenal have now won three games out of three in Group A. A victory over PSV Eindhoven in North London next week will secure their place in the knockout stages.