‘We just said’: Martin Odegaard now shares what was said in the Arsenal dressing room at half-time last night
The Gunners returned to Premier League action with a 3-1 win over West Ham United last night and moved seven-points clear at the top of the table.
Mikel Arteta’s men dominated for most of the game but found themselves behind just before the half an hour mark.
William Saliba gave away a penalty after taking Jarrow Bowen down inside the area and Said Benrahma made no mistake from the spot.
Arsenal were on the front-foot for the entire half and Bukayo Saka even had a goal ruled out for offside before the Hammers opened the scoring. Odegaard thought he had won his side a penalty before half-time too but a VAR check showed the ball had struck Aaron Crewswell’s head and not his arm.
It was a frustrating 45 minutes for the Gunners and Odegaard has now shared that the message in the dressing room at half-time was to continue playing as they had done.
Odegaard shares what was said in Arsenal dressing room
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Odegaard spoke about what was said in the dressing room during the break.
“I think we just said, ‘keep on playing, keep on believing, keep doing the same things.’ A few adjustments, but I think we played pretty good in the first half as well,” he said.
“Just lacked the goal and they scored out of nothing. But I think we played well, and we kept on doing a lot of the same things. And then we got more space in the second half. I think they were tired in the end, so brilliant, brilliant performance.”
Arsenal have shown plenty of times already this season that they are capable of turning games around, something that will be crucial if they wish to keep their place at the top of the table.
Odegaard was involved in their leveller just eight minutes after half-time as his shot fell kindly into the path of Saka, who finished expertly.
Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah secured an important three points for the Gunners. Odegaard set-up Nketiah while he was also heavily involved in the build-up to Martinelli’s goal.
It was another outstanding performance from the Arsenal captain as he helped his side pick back up where they left off before the World Cup break.
The Gunners will now turn their attention to a difficult trip to the south coast as they prepare to face Brighton on New Year’s Eve.
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