In an interview with Sky Sports, Martin Odegaard was asked about his ambitions at the club, and that certainly doesn’t seem to be an area in which he lacks anything. At the moment, the goal is quite obvious – to qualify for European football at the end of this season, and after that, according to the Norwegian, to set the sights higher and aim for trophies in the Champions League and the Premier League.
Odegaard spent the second half of last season at the club on loan from Real Madrid, and he obviously showed enough for manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu to do their best and make the deal permanent. He was the club’s primary target in his position during the summer, and he is expected to make a difference for the team that started the new campaign in a fashion that can only be described as disappointing.
“I think [the ambition is] to get the club up on the table, at the top of the league, and to fight for European football, and to fight for trophies,” the 22-year-old attacking midfielder said.
“I think, for this season, obviously we want to get back to European football. That will be important for us, for the players, for the club, for the fans. And then, hopefully, with time, to win trophies, the Champions League, and yeah, hopefully, win the league within a couple of years.”
Looking at the league table at the moment, it’s quite clear that a lot of work awaits Arteta and his men if they want to get anywhere near fulfilling such lofty ambitions. After three rounds, they sit at the bottom without points or goals scored. To make matters worse, the only team that have managed to win all their matches so far are Tottenham Hotspur.
The club spent a lot of money on signings this summer, and Arteta said he’s looking forward to having the full squad at his disposal after injuries and COVID problems hampered their efforts early on. But if there is to be a turnaround in the fortunes of the team, it has to start against Norwich City on Saturday.