Martin Odegaard backed Gabriel Martinelli after the Brazilian’s missed penalty in the shoot-out against Sporting last night, insisting that whatever the result, the focus is on the team and not any individual.
Martinelli’s penalty, the fourth in the shoot-out for Arsenal, was saved by Spanish keeper Adan, and when asked about on BT Sport last night, the Norwegian said, “We win and lose together. It doesn’t matter.
“When we’re winning everyone is happy, when we lose we have to pick up the spirit. We win and lose together.”
“We have to remember it’s been a great season, it’s a big blow to go out of this competition.
“But now we look forward to the league, that’s all we can do now.”
The captain admitted that the Gunners were not at their best, falling below the high standards set already this campaign, and ultimately the visitors came out on top – even if there were chances to win the tie during extra-time.
“They are a good team, we knew that, we were prepared. It was more about us today, we didn’t play the way we normally do with the same energy we normally do.
“Now we have to look forward.”
Mikel Arteta’s men face Crystal Palace on Sunday at the Emirates, in light of the news that they have this morning dismissed manager Patrick Vieira.