Martin Odegaard makes ‘painful’ Liverpool admission after Arsenal heartbreak 

Martin Odegaard makes ‘painful’ Liverpool admission after Arsenal heartbreak 

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard expressed his belief that the team’s decline in the Premier League will haunt him for the rest of his life, especially due to Liverpool’s detrimental impact on their title aspirations.

Last season, the Gunners enjoyed a commanding lead in the English top-flight, occupying the top position for a significant portion of the campaign. Under the guidance of manager Mikel Arteta, Arsenal appeared poised to achieve what Liverpool had accomplished in recent seasons, namely dethroning Manchester City as champions.

However, towards the latter part of the season, Arsenal relinquished their advantage in the title race, allowing City to surge ahead on their path to a historic treble. 

Despite holding a comfortable lead over City in the closing months, a draw against Liverpool triggered a series of disappointing results. Subsequent matches against West Ham and Leeds ended in draws, and then Pep Guardiola’s side inflicted a 4-0 defeat on Arsenal, narrowing the gap to just two points with two games in hand. This setback seemed to have a significant psychological impact on the team.

In his interview with Viaplay Fotball, Martin Odegaard analyzed the reasons behind Arsenal’s season unraveling. He pointed out that a series of three drawn matches, which began with their encounter at Anfield, drained their energy in their pursuit of success.

During the match at Anfield, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus propelled Arsenal to a two-goal lead within the first half-hour, seemingly ending their winless streak against Liverpool. However, Liverpool launched a comeback with Mohamed Salah scoring just before halftime, followed by Roberto Firmino equalizing three minutes before the end of regulation time.

Liverpool felt aggrieved as their efforts were thwarted by several crucial saves from Aaron Ramsdale, and Ibrahima Konate failed to push the ball over the goal line from close range, which could have been the winning goal.

“It’s difficult, there are many thing that come into play, of course,” he said. “We competed against the team that has won it all, it was tight and even at the end, especially in the three games (that Arsenal drew), we lost momentum. There are so many things that can affect the season, we were close and we must use the disappointment to go closer.

“We will give it another try and hope we are even better.”

Martin Odegaard, the former Real Madrid midfielder, had another impressive individual season, scoring 15 goals and providing eight assists in 37 Premier League matches. Arsenal had high hopes of toppling the dominant Manchester club but ultimately found Manchester City’s experience too formidable.

Reflecting on the season, the 24-year-old expressed mixed emotions, stating, “He (15-year-old Martin Odegaard) would probably be proud I have to admit that. There has been a good season, I have delivered well and scored several goals.

“I have been more important to the team, it’s been good but of course a tough end to the season which still hurts. So I have mixed feelings.

“I think this will bother me for the rest of my life,” Odegaard continued. “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, when we manage to do that (win the league) it will surely be easier.”

Martin Odegaard makes ‘painful’ Liverpool admission after Arsenal heartbreak 

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