Martin Odegaard has already outlined Arsenal intentions amid top four battle

Martin Odegaard has already outlined his intentions of getting Arsenal competing in Europe and at the top of the league again in the future.

The Norwegian playmaker has been in fine form for the Gunners in recent weeks, scoring against Watford last time out to guide the side to a 3-2 win over the Hornets.

It has helped Mikel Arteta get his side into the driving seat for the top four race, putting them in fourth with a number of games in hand over the sides chasing behind them.

Despite that, the Spaniard has refused to give his verdict on their chances in the run-in, claiming that they will take it day-by-day.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference for the clash against Leicester, the manager said: “The only matter for me is how we train tomorrow and how we play on Sunday.

“The rest this is football and it’s so unpredictable and nobody can know what will happen. Our only focus is on performing and winning matches.”

The results and the talk around the Gunners is surrounding a finish in the top four though, something that Odegaard had aimed for when he joined the club last summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports when he signed, the playmaker discussed his ambitions and said: “I think to get the club up in the table and at the top of the league.

“[We want] to fight for European football and to fight for trophies.

“For this season we want to get back into European football – that would be important for us, for the players, for the club, for the fans.

“Hopefully with time, [we can] win trophies, the Champions League, and hopefully win the league within a couple of years.”

It outlines the huge ambition of the club, who have just begun on their journey with a number of younger players that will be hoping to grow along with the rest of the side.

Odegaard has been part of a young frontline, including the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe this season.

Whether they can kick on to do that remains to be seen, but for the time being, the desire to be competing in Europe is one that is very attainable in the short-term.

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