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Martin Odegaard wants Arsenal to qualify for Europe this season and win the Premier League ‘in a couple of years’


Martin Odegaard has set out some ambitious short and long-term targets (Picture: Getty)

Martin Odegaard believes Arsenal can seal a return to European football this season and can go onto win the Premier League ‘within a couple of years.’

Odegaard re-joined Arsenal on a permanent basis from Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer, after spending the second half of a disappointing 2020-21 campaign at the Emirates.

The Gunners have started the new season with three successive defeats against newly-promoted Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, and face Norwich on Saturday in desperate need of points. 

Despite the club currently finding themselves bottom of the league, the Norwegian international believes that the squad is good enough to get back into Europe this term after missing out altogether last campaign. 

‘We want to get back to European football this season, that would be important for the players for the club for the fans and then hopefully with time win trophies and win the Champions League and win the league within a couple of years,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘That’s from everyone, this club needs to be at the top and needs to play European football, we haven’t discussed it much but that’s just how it should be at this club and that’s the standard.’

Arsenal have had a tough start to this season (Picture: Getty)

Failure to win against Norwich on Saturday would add further pressure on Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, with reports circulating that the Arsenal board are already looking at potential replacements should results not improve. 

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour believes the club are currently nowhere near the level required to be a top four club and fears for the future of the Spanish manager. 

‘They’re well away from that top four at the moment, we all argued under Arsene Wenger that fourth place wasn’t good enough. They are coming eighth and ninth now which isn’t good enough. They’ve brought in new players, they’ve got to bed in the team. That is the big question [will Arteta get time],’ he said.


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