Odegaard on EFL Cup aims and our team spirit

Martin Odegaard laying a wreath of poppies for Remembrance Day

Every home game, Martin Odegaard gives you his thoughts on the goings-on around the club in his captain’s notes column for the matchday programme. 

Ahead of tonight's game against Brighton & Hove Albion, you can read a snippet of his latest column which includes his thoughts on the competition, momentum and team spirit inside our changing room:

It’s still very early in the season, but it’s nice to see our name at the top of the table. It’s nothing yet though, there are some very good teams around us and we’re going to stay calm, keep working hard and keep on improving. We have only played 13 matches in the Premier League. We know there’s still a lot we can improve on, and we’re working on that, and hopefully we will get better and keep it going.

Momentum is important too and that’s another reason why tonight’s game against Brighton is vital too. It’s in another competition but we want to fight for everything. So we’re only looking at it as another important game for us. I don’t know but maybe there will be some changes in the team – even if there is, I think everyone is ready to play. Whoever is called upon will give everything because we are ready as a unit to play all the games.

Some players have maybe not had as many minutes as they would like so far this season, but it hasn’t changed the attitude at all. I think that’s what makes us so special – the unity and the team spirit. Everyone is ready to fight whether it’s for one minute or 90 minutes. Everyone is fighting, giving 100 per cent all the time in training and in the matches and for me that’s one of our biggest strengths right now.

Finally, on behalf of the whole squad, I want to underline our support for the Poppy Appeal and outline how important it is every year that we continue to remember all those who gave their lives so that we could benefit.

I must say I really admire how the Premier League clubs always mark Remembrance Day, and as club captain I’m very proud to be a part of what Arsenal are doing - to pay tribute to the amazing people who served during the wars, and sacrificed so much for us all.

Read the rest of Odegaard’s notes, as well as a host of other fantastic content, by buying a copy of the Arsenal v Brighton programme either around the stadium or online, and you can also purchase a seasonal subscription to get every issue through your door. 

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