August 18, 2022

Arsenal failed to finish inside the European qualification places, despite beating Brighton 2-0 on the final day of the Premier League season. It has been a disappointing year for the Gunners, but Mikel Arteta is confident about turning things around at the club.

Mikel Arteta has admitted that he is confident about the club’s future before hinting at a potential move for Martin Odegaard this summer.

The Gunners finished outside the European qualification places after a disappointing year at the Emirates.

The Arsenal board still seem to have full faith in Arteta though, and the Spaniard has praised the improvements he has seen from his players in recent months.

“Yeah, we can’t go against that,” he said when asked if they can build on their momentum for next season.

“I can tell you what I see and what are my feelings when I watch the team a few months ago and when I watch the team right now regardless of the results.

“In my opinion, we are in a much better place and we will be in a much better place. Hopefully, we can take the club where we want.”

Arteta also said after the win over Brighton on Sunday that transfer negotiations were set to take place over a potential move for Odegaard this summer.

Martin Odegaard played in his final game for Arsenal in the 2-0 win over Brighton

The Norwegian has spent the second half of the season lighting up the Emirates, prompting talk of a possible permanent deal from Real Madrid.

“We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we’d like to do,” Arteta explained.

“He’s not our player, we will have discussions in the next few weeks. We respect he’s a Real Madrid player and will have those communications.

“We’ve tried to make everything that we could to get Martin performing for the team, which I think he’s done, and he’s adapted really well to our way of playing and our football club.

“Hopefully, we have given him the hope and the feeling that this could be a good place for him here.”

When asked if he was confident of a deal, Arteta added: “I don’t know, it’s not in our hands.”

 

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