Odegaard: Anger and disappointment was used against Chelsea

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Martin Odegaard claims the anger and disappointment from losing against City made them defeat Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League.

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard insists his side will keep fighting for the Premier League trophy till the end of the season following their win against Chelsea.

The Gunners returned to the top of the league again after the victory, although second place City has two games at hand.

Odegaard told Sky Sports.

“We used the anger and the disappointment to get back into this game. You can lose games but the way we lost, we didn’t play our game and weren’t ourselves, that was the most painful thing, and we wanted to show a different side and we definitely did.

“Especially the first half was brilliant,” he added. “We came out and showed a different spirit to last time.

“We have to fight and keep going. We believe and will fight until the end.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s awful season continue as caretaker manager Frank Lampard is yet to record a win following his appointment.

Lampard named former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the starting lineup for the first time in six months but he lasted only 45 minutes before being replaced.

From the first whistle, it was clear that Lampard’s changes would not have the desired effect.

It took 18 minutes for Arsenal to go in front. Granit Xhaka sent a low ball across the face of the penalty area where an unmarked Odegaard was waiting to drill a first-time rising shot in off the underside of the crossbar.

Chelsea soon fell victim to an almost identical goal. Again Xhaka supplied the pass from the left and Odegaard, this time meeting the ball on the penalty spot, finished firm and low past the Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Three minutes later, some more lax Chelsea defending allowed Arsenal to make it 3-0. After missing multiple chances to clear the ball from a cross to the back post, Jesus slammed the ball in from close range.

Arsenal came close to adding to their advantage on several occasions at the start of the second half, including forcing Thiago Silva to clear off his own goal line.

But against the run of play, it was the visitors that found the net in the 65th minute. With just the second goal of Lampard’s tenure, January signing Madueke grabbed his first goal in a Chelsea shirt as he took a fine raking pass from Mateo Kovacic into his stride in the box and got enough on his shot to beat Aaron Ramsdale.

The goal at least prompted more intensity from Chelsea, but they could not come close to threatening Arsenal’s three points.


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