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Martin Odegaard blames Arsenal defeat to West Ham on one specific area

Martin Odegaard has identified the main reason why Arsenal lost to West Ham on Thursday.

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Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard
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Martin Odegaard has blamed Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at home to West Ham to lack of efficiency in both penalty areas. Despite dominating with 30 attempts on goal and enjoying a 74% possession rate, Arsenal missed several chances in a surprise first home defeat of the season and struggled to convert their chances into goals.

 Odegaard acknowledged the team’s shortcomings, stating, “I think we created more than enough to score goals to win the game, and it was the little details and the little last pass or the finish that was missing today.”

The captain emphasised the need for improvement, expressing, “We have to learn from it and make sure we get sharper and better in front of the goals. The goals we conceded were too easy, so definitely in front of the goals, inside the boxes, that’s where the games are decided. We weren’t good enough today.”

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Arsenal’s defeat marked only their third at home in 26 games in 2023. Odegaard conveyed the team’s disappointment in not ending the year on a high note in front of their supporters.

“It’s a tough one. We always want to give the fans a good performance, we always want to win. It was the last home game of the year, so we wanted to finish off in style, but today wasn’t the day, and we have to look at ourselves and we have to learn and move on.”

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta also weighed in on the defeat, acknowledging the team’s profligacy in front of goal. Arteta pointed to various reasons for the missed opportunities, including exceptional defensive plays by the opposition and decision-making lapses within the team. 

Despite the setback, Arteta praised the players for their effort, stating, “If they will continue to play like that, it is very unlikely that it will happen again.”

Looking ahead, Arteta conveyed a message of resilience, telling the team, “We’re disappointed we lost at home. We have to go now to Fulham and play better if possible than today and win the game, and that’s it.” The focus now turns to learning from the defeat and regaining momentum as Arsenal faces Fulham in a bid to bounce back from their recent setback.

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