Friday, January 27, 2023

Odegaard: The first half was brilliant

Martin Odegaard praised his teammates for producing a stunning first half performance at Sp*rs as Arsenal did the double over their neighbours for the first time since 2013/14.

An own goal by Hugo Lloris, who fumbled a cross by Bukayo Saka, and Odegaard’s low drive from outside the box put the Gunners in a commanding position within 36 minutes and Mikel Arteta’s men stood firm after the break to secure a clean sheet and the points.

In an interview with beIN SPORTS, he talked about a determination to put right the wrongs of last season when we collapsed to a damaging 3-0 defeat.

“The last two games we played here [at Sp*rs] were a little bit similar, we controlled a lot of the game and then in some key moments in the game, we weren’t sharp enough. Today we showed a different side, a better side,” he said.

“The first half was brilliant, we controlled everything, the way we used the ball and the way we played in the first half was brilliant.

“The second half is a bit more open, they are pushing for the goal but we defended really good. In general, a great day.”

Speaking to Arsenal.com, he added: “It’s great to score another one in the north London derby; I know how much it means to the fans and it was a crucial goal in a good moment in the game, so I’m very, very happy!

“As I’ve said many times this season, [our supporters] have been amazing all season, at home games, away games, they’ve been there all the time and for the support and the love they show us, they deserve this.”

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C.B.

What a great captain at such a young age!!! Look forward to him being captain for many seasons to come.

Daveo

He’s simply world-class. IMO, outside of Haaland he’s the player of the season across the whole league. Obviously Haaland’s numbers will put him over the top in any debate, but I’d argue even that Marty is more influential since Haaland is basically free to just stroll into the box and kick/head it in. Pretty crazy for Norwegian football…

Brady’s bunch

€30 million 😊

Sean

Forget “outside of Haaland”. There may well be a degree of bias here (well, how can there not be after today!), I’m just going to say that Odegaard currently has as good a chance as anyone of being the player of the season. As you’ve mentioned, Odegaard’s been one of the main influences on us being the league front-runners, and (bar possibly Saka) he’s almost the face of this whole project when you consider the way Arteta and the rest of the team view his influence and professionalism. Haaland on the other hand (as great a striker as he is)… Read more »

Seangabe

Odegard’, Madrid’s loss our gain.
Tottenham loss, our captain’s brilliance. Loving every moment!

Jeremy

Sent this to my spurs mates from an anonymous number: 🎉 Congratulations you have been selected in our monthly raffle to receive a free dvd of our brave 0-2 loss to the soon to be champions of the 2023 premier league! The DVD will feature every one of Harry Kane’s 3 touches in slow motion from 9 different camera angles to pay homage to his efforts in surpassing the great Jimmy Greave’s goalscoring record. You will be also be invited to London in May to contribute to the renovation of our trophy cabinet. You’ll be permitted to have one photo… Read more »

Bongogooner

Great, just great
Chapeau

davorsuker

😂😂😂

SuperTom7

This is brilliant. Well done, sir.

Mentalista

Obvious phishing, who would fall for that!?
The correct address is chickenonaball.co.uk

Man Manny

What a first half performance from the lads. The best for me this season considering the venue and opposition.
If we beat United next week, our march to the trophy might be near impossible to halt, especially if adequate cover is sign for the vulnerable positions – Partey, Saka and Nketiah.

Frog In Ze Room

Oh captain my captain!

IAmGooner

Let’s see where we are after United next week, and the City game (not FA Cup). Great things are afoot with us right now. I still think it could be a season too early, but I’m starting to allow myself to be a little bit excited. Regardless, the improvement is immense, and we will be a force for the foreseeable future. GOONERS!!

Jimbo1

This season is a big chance for Arsenal. Both Liverpool and City are dropping points so it could be the perfect opportunity to put a run together to push for the title. It feels similar to the season Leicester won it. Next year is next year, and there could be challenges from any number of clubs, so now is the time.

mjc1892

I don’t get the comparison to Leicester, it’s bizarre. City haven’t been as quite an unstoppable force as usual, but they’ve still averaged almost 2.2 points per game. Haaland has 21 goals.
We’re just playing fucking phenomenally.
Leicester were just the fortunate best of a bad bunch. An amazing achievement, but that’s undeniable. We’re just a very good football team- let’s not downplay it.

Shano

Totally agree. Fair play to Leicester but there’s no comparison with the challenge we are up against.

Jimbo1

Arsenal are playing well, but City have dropped more points than usual. It is an opportunity no question for Arsenal, which may not happen again for a while. Hence the comparison to the Leicester season. Not that bizarre really.

Shano

No offence meant tbh. Just if City keep going the rate they are going they will finish with more points than Leicester won the league and we know city are still capable of doing 10 straight wins.
I don’t like the Leicester comparison coz it implies that we will lose our best players in the summer and this is our only ever chance where I think this team is ahead of schedule and will be even better next year fingers crossed

Shano

I could be wrong but I think City are on more than they had at the half way point this time last year

A Different George

Objectively, trying to assess it as if it were any team, not Spurs: The first half looked like an extarodinary gap in quality. Our midfield totally controlled the park, we were first to every ball, we were quicker in every way, they seemed unable to figure out what we were doing (though it was pretty much the same as we have done all season), they were poor technically, with many poor first touches. Sessagnon unable to contain Saka once it became clear the referee would actually blow for fouls. Martinelli almost as free on the other side despite Kulesevski’s help.… Read more »

Granit(e) hard!

Damn!, these lads can play football and I love me some them, even when they lose, they lose gallantly e.g. manU away. I firmly believe we got us one hell of a team and I am just gonna get on board and enjoy the ride, its been a long time we’ve had suvh a team, that on their day will beat anybody and regardless of what happens at the end of the season, these guys will be champions at some point, given their quality and their young age , the only question is will it be now or later?, either… Read more »

Ebo

When he scores like that against Sp*rs it makes me Ode-hard

Ebo

(Will see myself out)

Arseman

The last time we did the double over the sp*ds we broke our trophy drought… 🤞🏼🤞🏼

TeeCee

Is it just me, or does the nearest thing Conte has to a “Plan B” involve doing the same things while shouting at his players more?

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