Odegaard outlines Arsenal ambition

11 September 2021 23:50:32 GMTPlus11
Arteta oversees tough start to the season

Arsenal's summer signing Martin Odegaard says bringing European football back to the Emirates is vital this season and hopes with time they can challenge for trophies.

The Gunners host Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon and are 4/11 for victory. The Canaries are currently available at 7/1, with the draw a 4/1 chance.

Arsenal missed out on qualifying for European competition for the first time in 25 years after finishing last season's Premier League campaign in eighth place, a point behind north London rivals Tottenham.

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The Gunners have made a slow start to this season, too, losing their first three league fixtures against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta's side have conceded nine goals across those three defeats and are yet to score one of their own.

Arteta spent heavily in the summer transfer window, with Odegaard and Brighton defender Ben White their two high-profile captures.

Odegaard eyeing European return

But despite the investment, Arsenal's struggles have continued and the pressure is already being ramped up on their Spanish manager.

However, Odegaard, who made a permanent move from Real Madrid after a successful loan spell last season, feels there are positive signs.

Speaking to Eurosport, the 22-year-old Norwegian international said: "We want to get back to European football this season, that would be important for the players, for the club and for the fans.

"Then hopefully with time win trophies, Champions League and hopefully win the league within a couple of years."

He added: "We haven't discussed it much but that's just how it should be at this club and that's the standard."

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