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.”