Martin Odegaard makes bold Premier League title prediction for Arsenal

  • Arsenal fell short to Man City in last season's Premier League title race
  • Odegaard expects Gunners to bounce back next year
  • 'Small margins' to blame for title stumble
Odegaard remains confident about Arsenal's future
Odegaard remains confident about Arsenal's future / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has insisted he believes the Gunners will soon be "rewarded" with a trophy.

Despite leading the Premier League standings for the majority of the season, Arsenal ultimately fell short to defending champions Manchester City, who sealed their fourth consecutive title.

It was a crushing defeat for Arsenal, who have made major progress under manager Mikel Arteta but remain without a Premier League title since The Invincibles' triumph of 2003/04. However, Odegaard believes it is just a matter of time before Arsenal end their wait for silverware.

"We made history as we've talked about before and we have to be proud of those things," Odegaard told the media.

"It wasn't enough to win it and that's what we wanted to do. We all felt a bit disappointed with being so close. But in football, it is small margins. It is easy to look at one game but you have to look at the whole season and again it is small margins. We didn't have the consistency to win it.

"We have to earn it. We know we can improve, we know we are going to get better. That's what we are working for now. It is just small margins, small details in the game and how to deal with a long season. So close, but we are going to come back even stronger I'm sure.

Mikel Arteta
Odegaard has high hopes for the future / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

"I think it is easy to find the motivation because we all want to win, we all want the same thing and we are all pushing each other so hard every day - staff, players, supporters, everyone is pushing in the same direction.

"I think it is just about doing those small things every day to become a little bit better and in the end I'm sure it is going to be rewarded with a trophy."

Odegaard went on to admit struggling to come to terms with Arsenal's failed push for the title.

"It's hard, especially in the beginning," he explained. "It takes some time to really switch off. That's important as well though, to disconnect from the football world and not think too much but obviously you think more about it to start and then you can leave it a little bit more with time.

"It's always there, it's always on your mind and I try my best to switch off. I have worked hard as well. After a week or two I started to work again. It's always there in the back of the head."