Glimt had stunned Roma 6-1 in the group stage, and knocked out Celtic, on their way to the Europa Conference League quarter-finals last season.
But their evening in north London did not get off to the best of starts when their bus got stuck on a tight bend in the narrow streets surrounding the stadium, forcing the players to get off and walk the rest of the way.
But once the match started it was Arsenal who were strolling to a comfortable victory.
Tierney’s cut-back found Vieira 12 yards out but the Portuguese midfielder’s shot grazed the crossbar.
Nketiah had already curled an early effort narrowly wide before he opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.
Gabriel Martinelli did well to hold onto the ball in a congested midfield before eventually smuggling it out wide to Tierney.
The full-back launched a first-time drive which clattered the far post and fell to Nketiah to sweep into an unguarded net.
Holding doubled Arsenal’s lead four minutes later with a far-post header from Vieira’s inswinging cross.
Xhaka almost made it three but his curling free-kick was tipped over by Glimt keeper Nikita Haikin.
The industrious Vieira curled a shot wide before half-time and Xhaka forced a fine save from Haikin seconds after the restart.
Nketiah blazed a late chance over before substitute Gabriel Jesus fed Vieira for the 84th-minute goal