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Odegaard tells Arsenal where they must improve after Burnley win

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Odegaard believes Arsenal need ‘to be a little bit smarter when we win the ball.’

Martin Odegaard has told his Arsenal teammates that they must be ‘smarter’ in possession during future games after their 1-0 win over Burnley, but admitted that he believes in his Gunners teammates to continue to push themselves up the table.

Odegaard’s fine free kick gave Arsenal just their second Premier League win of the season against the Clarets, who had a penalty given for a foul on Matej Vydra from Aaron Ramsdale, only for it to be overturned by VAR.

The 22-year-old was one of six new signings at the Emirates in the Summer after arriving on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid in the summer, with fellow new stars Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomeyasu also starting the game at Turf Moor.

The Norwegian admitted he was delighted with his contribution, but thinks that he and his teammates can do even better.

‘When we got the free-kick I immediately went to the ball. It was a big moment and a nice moment to see it go in. You need to hit it pretty perfectly, with the right speed and the right height,’ he told BBC Match of the Day.

‘The game was kind of a war in the end. We know their strength. We played their game a little more than our own game. In the second half they played their game and they’re good at it. We need to be a little bit smarter when we win the ball.

Aaron Ramsdale was impressive in the victory.

‘I believe in this team. Even though we lost some games in the beginning, I’m not too surprised we’ve got some points now.’

Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta applauded Odegaard’s performance after the game, describing him as a ‘leader’ for the rest of his teammates.

‘I’m delighted to have him not only what he gives us with the ball, he’s a real leader and example without the ball,’ he said.

Arsenal will be hoping to make it three consecutive Premier League wins when they play host to North London rivals Tottenham next Sunday, but have a Carabao Cup tie at home to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday to contend with first.

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