The Norwegian midfielder was in excessive spirits after serving to the Gunners see off Olympiacos within the Europa League
Martin Odegaard expressed his delight after opening his goalscoring account for Arsenal on Thursday, insisting he has “felt at house because the first day” of his mortgage spell at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners ran out 3-1 winners towards Olympiacos within the first leg of their spherical of 16 Europa League tie, with Odegaard, Gabriel and Mohamed Elneny grabbing the targets for Mikel Arteta’s facet.
Odegaard’s gorgeous first-half strike capped a formidable all-round show from the Actual Madrid loanee, who says he has settled into life at Emirates Stadium completely because of the wholesome workforce spirit within the dressing room.
What’s been mentioned?
“It’s a massive win for us, a terrific outcome with three targets away from house and win on this competitors is all the time good,” Odegaard instructed BT Sport.
“The mentality on this workforce is nice. More than happy with all the pieces. We confirmed the spirit within the workforce and the best way we again one another. If one participant makes a mistake then we react. That’s what it’s about, being a workforce. When one participant makes a mistake it’s a must to strike again as a workforce.
“I needed to get a shot on aim, fortunately I had hit and it went in. I’ve felt at house because the first day, I’m completely satisfied to be right here and really feel nice.
“It’s simply half time. We now have to maintain going. We now have a giant recreation on Saturday after which should be prepared for subsequent Thursday.
“It is rather vital, we’re not the place we need to be within the league so this is essential for us and an opportunity to get Champions League soccer subsequent yr.”
How did Arsenal beat Olympiacos?
Arsenal have been knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiacos final season, however produced a much-imporved workforce efficiency towards the Greek facet on the Karaiskaki Stadium this time round.
Odegaard gave the guests the lead their strain deserved within the 34th minute of the competition, firing house a fearsome effort from 25 yards out which beat Jose Sa all leads to the Olympiacos internet.
Sadly, the Gunners gifted the hosts a method again into the sport simply earlier than the hour mark, with Youssef El-Arabi beating Bernd Leno from lengthy vary after pouncing on the German goalkeeper’s poor cross out from the again.
Arteta’s males have been to not be denied although, as Gabriel restored their benefit within the 79th minute after rising majestically within the field to nod house a teasing Willian cross.
Elneny rounded off the scoring with a fearsome shot 5 minutes from time, and Arsenal will now have a wholesome combination benefit to defend when Olympiacos arrive on the Emirates subsequent week.
Earlier than preparations for the second leg can start, the Gunners will first have to show their consideration to an enormous north London derby conflict towards Tottenham on Sunday.
Spurs are seventh within the Premier League standings in the intervening time, three positions above Arsenal, however Arteta’s males can transfer to inside 4 factors of their rivals with a victory on the Emirates.