Arsenal captain, Martin Odegaard, has urged his teammates to “stay calm” despite losing 3-1 to Manchester City in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
City, who have played a game more, returned to the top of the Premier League table after a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.
The Norwegian midfielder acknowledged that there was still a long way to go in the title race and that Arsenal needed to keep working hard and taking it game by game.
Arsenal have 16 games remaining and Odegaard knows that top spot remains in their hands if they take care of business, which is why Odegaard is not hitting the panic button yet.
On the other hand, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was frustrated at the ease at which City was afforded such good chances to take the game away from Arsenal.
“We know there’s a long way to go, we’ve said it after every game we’ve won,” Odegaard said.
“We have to stay calm, keep working hard and take it game by game. It’s the same now when you lose, we need to just come back on Saturday and get a win again, that’s all that matters.
“The good thing is that the next one comes around very quickly. Just change the chip, look for the next one and come back.
“It was a good game [between] two good teams, an unbelievable atmosphere.
“It was nice to play in, but it was of course a frustrating result. I think we did a lot of good things but in front of goal, we weren’t good enough. That’s frustrating but at the same time, we did a lot of good things, so we have to take those.
“I think everyone had a feeling that we were doing well [at half-time], that we had a lot of space to play [in]. We needed a few adjustments to improve a few things. In general, I thought the game we played was pretty okay, but in front of goal it wasn’t good enough.
“Thank you so much to everyone who came and for everything they did to help us today. We’ll work very hard to give them something to hopefully be happy about on Saturday.”