Martin Odegaard says he “feels at home” at Arsenal after scoring his first goal since his permanent move to the Emirates from Real Madrid.
The Norwegian midfielder scored the game’s only goal from a free kick in the first half, help his team to victory over Burnley, and said it gave him confidence for the future.
“I feel good here and I am really excited to be a part of this club and to be a part of the project, excited for the future,” he told the Standard Evening.
Instilled with confidence after his free kick, Odegaard said he thought it was a good strike the moment the ball left his boot.
“My free kick was a good shot and I felt it right away,” he added. “It was a good time and an important goal that gave us all three points and I’m very happy.”
Although the goal was a shining solo moment, the 22-year-old was impressed by his team’s courage towards the final stages of the game.
“It was tight and a bit chaotic at the end, but we also got a win and a clean sheet, so we have to be happy and proud of the performance,” he said.
After a difficult start to the season, losing three consecutive games, including one 1-0 loss to newly promoted Brentford, Arsenal is starting to pick up speed.
The north London club have won their last two matches, with victories 1-0 over Norwich and Burnley respectively.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was starting to come under some pressure, but those wins will put him at ease for now.
Odegaard feels Arsenal’s fortunes turn
A star man against Burnley, Odegaard said, “I believe in this team. Even though we lost a few games at the start, I had the same faith and the same conviction.
“We are a young team. But we showed character. It’s not easy to play this kind of game, I think we did very well.
Burnley’s style of play could be seen as more physical than Arsenal’s, which Odegaard thinks they matched well with.
“It was kind of a war at the end,” he said. “We know their strength and we played their game a bit more than our own game.
“We had to be smarter and keep the ball when we won it, but again we fought well and won. It was not beautiful, but a crucial and important game to obtain the victory.
Arsenal are now preparing to face Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup in the week, where they hope to continue their form and gain the much-needed confidence ahead of a crucial game against their north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday.
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