Every home game, Martin Odegaard gives you his thoughts on the latest goings-on around the club in his captain’s notes column for the matchday programme.
Ahead of today’s meeting with Fulham, you can read a snippet of his latest piece which includes how he’s feeling after netting twice last week against Bournemouth, and his views on the Cottagers’ season so far:
I was a bit frustrated with myself after the Palace game, when I should have done better in front of goal, and as I’ve said before, that’s an area I want to improve, so it was good to get a couple of goals against Bournemouth.
I’ve been waiting a bit to get that first goal, and to get two so early on was brilliant for me, and it helped the team to get another win as well so I was really pleased.
In my last notes I spoke about the connection I’m building in the team with Gabriel Jesus and I think you saw that in the second half. It’s a shame his goal was disallowed for offside because it looked really close, in fact when I saw the replay I still don’t think it was offside. It would have been a great goal by him.
I felt like I owed him the assist though after the second goal when I took the shot in front of him, so hopefully I can give him one back today.
It's nice to see us on top of the table though, especially as some of the big clubs have already dropped points. Again it shows how tough this league is, all of the teams can create problems against anyone. Today’s opponents have already shown that, getting a draw with Liverpool and not losing in the league yet this season.
Fulham have got good players all over the pitch, it’s a very strong team with a lot of individual qualities. Aleksandar Mitrovic is always dangerous in the box and they created a lot of problems for Liverpool.
They too have got lots of confidence as a team, after a good start but also coming off last season when they basically won all their games, so they are used to that. We have to be very sharp to beat them.
When you talk of the strength of the Premier League, you see Bernd Leno now in goal for Fulham, that’s an amazing signing for them. We know how good he is, and it will be great to see him back at the Emirates today. We wish him all the best there, but not today of course!
Read the rest of Odegaard’s notes, as well as a host of other fantastic content, by buying a copy of the Arsenal v Fulham programme either around the stadium or online, and you can also purchase a seasonal subscription to get every issue through your door.