Arsenal’s loss at St James’ Park last season caused the Gunners to miss out on a Champions League spot. However Mikel Arteta’s side got their revenge this time around with a 2-0 victory against Newcastle on Sunday.
Martin Odegaard scored Arsenal’s opening goal which also meant himself and Gabriel Martinelli set a new record in the Gunners history.
It’s the first time two Arsenal players have scored 15+ goals in the same Premier League season.
Gabriel Martinelli 🤝 Martin Odegaard
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 8, 2023
Odegaard scored Arsenal’s first goal in their 2-0 victory over Newcastle, while a Fabian Schar deflected Martinelli’s shot into his own net to seal the win.
Arsenal are now just one point behind leaders Manchester City in the title race with three games remaining, but must win all three to have a chance of winning the title.
This season has been Martin Odegaard’s best so far, during which he has also contributed eight assists in the Premier League. Additionally, Gabriel Martinelli has added five assists in the division, and Bukayo Saka’s 13 goals and 11 assists in the Premier League have had a significant impact.
Speaking after the game, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Odegaard shows leadership with his consistency.
“The leadership he is showing and the levels of consistency which is what you demand from those leaders. It’s not moments, it’s every single day. Home and away, he’s had some huge performances, he’s really helping the team, he’s growing in the right direction. We are all very happy to have him.”
While England winger Bukayo Saka says Odegaard leads by example.
“He’s a fantastic leader, he has been all season. He’s been leading by example, on and off the pitch. Hopefully he can continue this form.”
Arsenal’s remaining three Premier League games are against Brighton (home), Nottingham Forest (away) and Wolves (home).
Meanwhile, City will face a difficult run-in and a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola’s men will travel to Everton and play Chelsea at home before difficult trips to Brighton and Brentford.