Martin Odegaard makes honest admission ahead of Everton Premier League clash

Arsenal are looking to end their 20-year wait for the league title

By Web Desk
May 18, 2024
Martin Odegaard is captaining Arsenal in their bid to win a first Premier League title since 2004. - AFP

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard stated that his side should keep their emotions in check ahead of their match against Everton.

Arsenal trail table-toppers Manchester City by two points heading into Sunday's final matchday. The Gunners must win to stay in race for the title while City could clinch their fourth title in a row if they beat West Ham United.

Arsenal are looking to end their 20-year wait for the league title.

"We have to focus on ourselves, we can't get too emotional about it,” Odegaard told TNT Sports.

"We have one more game, at home, it's the last game of the season and our goal and our task is clear, we have to win that.

"We'll see what happens. That's our mindset now, win that last game, give the fans a good last game and we'll see. It's out of our control, we just focus on our game."

The Norwegian midfielder also lauded his side’s performance this season.

"We've taken good steps and I feel like we're a much better team compared to last season," he added.

"We’ve had some really good games, some good results, and we are now there until the last day, to push for it."

Arsenal ended in second place in the 2022-23 season, five points behind City. They last bagged the league title under manager Arsene Wenger in their 2003-04 "Invincibles" season when they remained unbeaten throughout the season.

“We are in the last day of the season playing for the Premier League. The Premier League trophy hasn't been at Emirates Stadium and that was built almost 20 years ago, so that's a long, long time. So yes, we have to be very optimistic. We have to do our duties, and then we have to wait and see what happens,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said.

“We have to do our job which is going to be tough because Everton are in a really good moment, so we're going have to prove again that we can be better than the opponent and win the game. Then we have to wish for the best and for West Ham to have a really good day and help us to fulfil our dream.”