Martin Odegaard says he doesn’t need any introduction to the North London derby, and he’s hoping for another goal this weekend.
Summer signing Martin Odegaard will play his first North London derby with supporters this weekend, as Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.
Of course, Odegaard did play in this same fixture during his loan spell last season, but in front of an empty stadium. All the same, the Norwegian playmaker says he doesn’t need telling what it means to the supporters.
“I do not think that much introduction is really needed,” Odegaard told TV2 (via Sport Witness). “You notice it a lot when you talk to people. There is always something mentioned about Tottenham in a negative sense, so you notice it quickly.”
This time around, Odegaard will get first-hand experience of the atmosphere in the stands around him. He’s expecting it to add something to the tie, and hoping he can repeat the goal he scored last time around.
“It’s going to be awesome. It was cool to play last year, but I think it will be something completely different and an extra dimension with the fans in the stands,” Odegaard went on.
“Only the last match of last season, when we had 10-12,000 fans, we noticed that it was a good stretch, so with the crowd, it’s going to be pretty cool. Another goal against Tottenham would be nice.”
Odegaard already has the first goal of his second Arsenal spell, scoring a nice free-kick winner against Burnley last weekend. He also has his first assist, setting Bukayo Saka up with a nice flick against West Brom.
We can only hope that takes a bit of the pressure off and allows him to shine in the derby on Sunday.