Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard has admitted that another goal against Tottenham would be ‘nice’ with the Gunners preparing for the latest instalment of the North London Derby.
The two teams come together at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday for what is the first derby of the campaign between the sides – and it is expected to be an enthralling one with both sides aiming to kick their respective seasons into life.
Of course, one player who has already experienced the thrill of a North London Derby is Martin Odegaard.
The Norwegian midfielder joined the Gunners on loan last season from Real Madrid and actually ended up finding the back of the net in the 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium after Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty had cancelled out Erik Lamela’s stunning ‘rabona’ effort.
Now a permanent fixture in north London, Odegaard has revealed that he would relish the opportunity of finding the back of the net against Spurs once more, whilst he is also looking forward to the game which is set to be in front of fans for the first time since 2019.
Talking to TV2, he said: “It’s going to be awesome. It was cool to play last year, but I think it will be something completely different and an extra dimension with the fans in the stands.
“Only the last match of last season, when we had 10-12,000 fans, we noticed that it was a good stretch, so with the crowd it’s going to be pretty cool. Another goal against Tottenham would be nice.”
Odegaard has, of course, already opened his goalscoring account for the season with his free-kick in the slender victory against Burnley.
Whilst the 22-year-old has not yet been an Arsenal player for a full calendar year, he has already pointed to the fact he has a deep understanding of the relationship the Gunners have with their near neighbours.
He continued: “I do not think that much introduction is really needed. You notice it a lot when you talk to people. There is always something mentioned about Tottenham in a negative sense, so you notice it quickly.”