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Martin Odegaard explains Mikel Arteta’s tactical brilliance behind Arsenal’s improved goalscoring form

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has explained what Mikel Arteta has done tactically to help the team in front of goal

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Arsenal recent goal-scoring spree in the Premier League can be attributed to a tactical shift, according to club captain Martin Odegaard. 

The Gunners faced goal-scoring struggles during the Christmas period, enduring a three-match losing streak to West Ham, Fulham, and Liverpool, managing just one goal from 63 shots. This dip in form saw Arsenal trailing behind Liverpool and Manchester City in the league standings.

However, a remarkable turnaround has taken place in recent weeks, with Arsenal securing five consecutive victories, including impressive 5-0 and 6-0 wins against West Ham. The team has netted a total of 21 goals during this period, reigniting hopes among supporters for a first Premier League triumph in two decades.

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Odegaard, shedding light on the team’s resurgence in front of goal, attributed the change to a strategic adjustment. The Norwegian emphasised the importance of getting more players into the opposition’s penalty area, addressing a deficiency noted in the weeks leading up to the break.

“I think that’s what we were missing a little bit in the last few weeks before the break – we created so much but we didn’t score the goals,” Odegaard remarked. “But within the last few games, we’ve been brilliant in front of goal. We get so many people in the box and so many situations around the box. So yeah, it’s been brilliant.”

Despite the recent success, Odegaard remains focused on continuous improvement, stating, “There’s a long way to go, and we can still improve a lot of things. I think that’s the mindset. We just want to keep going and keep improving.”

Looking ahead, Arsenal faces the challenge of translating their domestic form into Champions League competition. The team is set for a demanding away fixture against FC Porto in the first leg of their round of 16 clash on Wednesday night. Mikel Arteta hopes to overcome memories of last season’s Europa League exit at the same stage against Sporting CP, where Arsenal were eliminated on penalties after both games ended in a 1-1 draw.

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