Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard and midfield partner Jorginho, have been speaking with delight how the Gunners achieved their 2-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday, May 7.
Odegaard scored the first goal with a strike from outside the box in the 14th minute and Fabian Schar scored an own goal in the 71st minute.
In an interview with Sky Sports, as quoted by BBC.co.uk, Odegaard, and Jorginho highlighted Arsenal’s tactical approach to the game.
Odegaard who has netted an impressive 15 Premier League goals and eight assists for the the Gunners so far this term, says the Mikel Arteta team played both smart and ugly to bag the important away points.
“We showed something special here today. To come here and win is not easy. We had to be very smart and to be ugly at times. It is a big step for a young team like ours to come here and do the things we did. It shows we have come a long way,” Odegaard started.
“Last year, here was one of the toughest days of my career, to be honest. After dropping points against Man City, to win against Chelsea and then come here and win shows the mentality. We have to keep going and digging in and fight until the end. It is football, anything can happen and we need to be ready.”
Jorginho is delighted that Arsenal were able to come away with the full points at St James’ Park.
“The most important thing is that we go home with three points, as we wanted,” the Italian midfielder said.
“We know this league, we know we can’t win every game playing beautiful football. I am really pleased to see that our team can play these types of games and understand it is not possible to go through with just passes.”
Jorginho has notched one assist in eleven Premier League games this term for the Gunners.
Arsenal are currently placed second on the Premier League table with 81 points after 35 games, now one point behind title rivals Manchester City who have a game in hand.
Up next for the Gunners is a match with Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, May 14 at the Emirates Stadium.
By Toju Sote
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