Odegaard admits Arsenal were forced to play Burnley’s way

Martin Odegaard admits that his Arsenal side had to give in and play the physical game against Burnley, having endured a tough ‘war’ at Turf Moor this afternoon.

The Gunners earned a 1-0 away win today against a difficult Clarets side who made it almost impossible to play open and with flair.

Our side stuck to the task in hand however, and despite playing well ourselves, we were suffocated as looked to carve out clear-cut chances.

Our rivals style of play eventually cost them the match, having fouled Saka on the edge of the box instead of allowing us to try and play football, with the Norwegian midfielder taking that chance perfectly.

The goalscorer spoke to reporters after the final whistle however, opening up on how his thinking with the free kick and how he felt the game had gone.

“When we got the free-kick I immediately went to the ball,” he said as quoted by the Express.

“It was a big moment and a nice moment to see it go in.

“You need to hit it pretty perfectly, with the right speed and the right height.

“The game was kind of a war in the end. We know their strength. We played their game a little more than our own game.

“In the second half they played their game and they’re good at it. We need to be a little bit smarter when we win the ball.

“I believe in this team. Even though we lost some games in the beginning, I’m not too surprised we’ve got some points now.”

It wasn’t the open game that we would have wanted, but it was still an entertaining battle to watch, and it is about time Mikel Arteta’s side was able to overcome the physical challenge that Burnley pose.


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  1. Odeggard is a very good piece of business by Arteta/Edu…..A young talented and humble guy….If he adds goals to his game he will have a great carrer…

  2. Arteta isn’t up to the task. He should stop playing Aubamenyang and play Lacazette. It din’t work with him last year and it’s not working right now. Please

  3. Arteta have no Clues what he’s doing. The Team just runs and kicks the ball. This guy is not Tactically Intelligent enough for now to HANDLE this Arsenal Team!


  4. i still not an Arteta fan, but he did pretty well this game. His goal was win it no matter what against a physical team that is know to play long ball and bully the opponent.

    I think it is perfectly sensible to ask your players not get caught in possession and control the game , albeit playing slowly and without much attacking threat.

    Overall, our defense was strong and dealt with everything Burnley threw at them. kudos to Arteta, for once. smart win.

    1. This was a game with a draw written all over it lucky we escaped with all the three points, these kind of performances can’t take arsenal far, another ref would have given the spot kick

  5. Our decision making in the final third is still very poor hence we are unable to create clear goal scoring chances from good positions and counter attacks where we outnumber the opposition. This was epitomised by Tavarez making a great lung bursting mazy drive into the opponents final third only to decide to shoot and shoot wide when he had 3 forward players who were free.
    Similarly, Saka and Pepe have not been spot on with their decision making in the final 3rd. Pepe is gradually improving his abysmal final 3rd decision making but still has a lot to do if he ever wants to live up to the heights expected when we bought him.

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