Martin Odegaard reveals Arsenal aims for the season
Arsenal’s poor start
It is pretty clear that Arsenal are in a transitional phase, but even the most diehard Gooner could not have expected them to sit bottom of the Premier League table heading into the international break, having not even scored a goal in the 2021/22 campaign during August.
Mitigating circumstances exist (COVID-19 outbreaks and injury woes), but the Gunners have still fallen short even of adjusted expectations.
The fury was further stoked through the fanbase when Edu Gaspar, technical director and responsible for the summer spree that saw them spend more money on transfer fees than any other club in the world, refused to confirm what a good finish this season would be.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Edu said:
“I don’t want to go for top four or top six or top eight or top 10. I’m just really looking forward to seeing this squad play together. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone fit.”
This, understandably, left some Arsenal fans feeling as though the club was rudderless and had no direction for this, and future, seasons.
Odegaard clarifies aims
However, speaking to football daily, Martin Odegaard has clarified the aims for the season, at least for those inside the dressing room.
The Norweigian, ahead of a must-win fixture against Norwich, revealed:
“I think for this season obviously we want to get back to European football, that would be important for us, for the players, for the club, for the fans”
🗣”We want to get back to European football and then hopefully with time win trophies and win the Champions League and win the league within a couple of years.”
Martin Odegaard outlines his aims and ambitions at Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/p0kGpgYKCG
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 10, 2021
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