Martin Odegaard has spoken about how the Arsenal dressing room responded to their heavy defeat against Manchester City on Wednesday.
The Gunners had hoped to secure a vital three points in the race for the Premier League title but were unable to contain the attacking threat of Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland.
De Bruyne opened the scoring with a superb finish, before setting up John Stones to head home just before halftime.
The Belgian midfielder then added a third with a beautiful curling effort, before Rob Holding pulled one back for Arsenal. Haaland completed the scoring in stoppage time, giving City a convincing 4-1 victory.
Odegaard did not reveal specifics about how the Arsenal dressing room reacted to the defeat, but it is likely that they were disappointed with the result and will be looking to bounce back in their next game.
After the game, Odegaard revealed that the mood in the dressing room was understandably downcast.
The Norwegian midfielder admitted that the team was disappointed with the result and that they knew they needed to do better.
He also acknowledged the quality of City’s players, saying that they were “very good” and that they had made it difficult for Arsenal to get anything out of the game. Despite the setback, Odegaard insisted that the team keep working hard and look to bounce back in their next match.
What did he say?
Speaking after their heavy defeat, Odegaard revealed that spirits were low in the dressing room, though stressed that the title race isn’t over yet.
“I think everyone [in the dressing room] is down now. We wanted to come here and get something. We just have to stick together and keep pushing,” the Arsenal skipper said.
“In football anything is possible. We have to do our part and then we’ll see.”
“It’s disappointing. I don’t have an answer to why today was this.
“We should’ve won more duels, compete better and when we have the ball do more as well,” he added.
The result leaves Arsenal two points clear of second-placed Manchester City. Although Guardiola’s men have two games in hand over the north London side, with Fulham and West Ham up next in the league.