Odegaard insists he won’t get over Arsenal’s title collapse in this lifetime

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has opened up about the lasting impact of the Gunners’ disappointing title collapse last season. Despite coming close to leading Arsenal to a Premier League title, Odegaard expressed the deep disappointment that will forever remain with him.

During a significant portion of the campaign, Arsenal held the lead over Manchester City, the eventual champions, and even enjoyed a sizeable advantage at certain points, with a gap of up to 10 points between the teams.

However, as the season progressed, Arsenal’s form faltered, and they were unable to maintain their position at the top. Ultimately, it was City who emerged victorious, leaving the Gunners to reflect on their missed opportunity.

There were pivotal matches throughout the season where Arsenal failed to deliver when it mattered most, dropping crucial points that ultimately cost them the chance to claim the title. The lingering pain from this collapse serves as a reminder of the team’s shortcomings during that period.

Speaking about the season, Odegaard told Viaplay:

‘There are so many things that can affect the season, we were close and we must use the disappointment to go closer.

‘I think this will bother me for the rest of my life. We were very close, I almost managed to achieve my dream, I think it will be painful for the rest of my life but we have to try again next year.’

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Odegaard did his best to ensure we ended the league season as champions, so he would be hurt that the team eventually fell short.

The midfielder needs to pick himself up and lead the team again in the next campaign because we now know what is required to win the title.

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  1. Dont you agree that the is amassive dfference between something “bothering a player” on the one hand, and “never getting over” it,on the other hand ?

    Honestly, Odegaaard, IF your reported comments are true – I do say IF- then you need to grow a pair and quickly, as football in Britain and our PREM, IS NOT FOR WIMPS. If its not true, then sorry I mentioned it!

  2. I’m sure losing out to City will haunt him for the rest of his life. A golden opportunity to win the league disappeared before his eyes. I can look back over my life and still cringe at some moments. It’s life.
    Much will depend on lessons learned but I doubt he’s on medication over it🙄

    1. Exactly Sue. My objection was the suggestion that “he will never get over it”, which he will.

      Cos he is human and humans DO get over REAL tragedy( not mere football, which by comparison with REAL tragedy, is nothing at all) and we carry on living, even though we never forget it and it still bothers us.

      “Bother” though and NOT “never get over it”. I like language used correctly, as it aids truth and not hype and distortion.

  3. It was how the big one got away than anything else that will make forgetting it easier said than done.

    Having lead all season and pip on the line is devastating, in horse racing this is the most devastating loss an opponent could ever experience.

    In many sport that kind of performace by getting so close like us in the last campaign. always serves as spring board to kick on even better.

  4. This (collapse) is fuel for our players it should give some added drive. He’s a top professional so it should hurt right up until the moment he lifts his first PL crown. I’m still waiting to get over our CL final loss to Barca, that one really stung

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