Odegaard evaluates Forest threat | News – Arsenal.com

  • October 30, 2022

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Every home game, Martin Odegaard gives you his thoughts on the goings-on around the club in his captain’s notes column for the matchday programme. 
Ahead of this afternoon’s visit of Nottingham Forest, you can read a snippet of his latest column which includes his thoughts on our opponents, and what he feels will be different to our last meeting in the FA Cup back in January:
We played against Nottingham Forest last season when they knocked us out of the cup, so we know to expect a really big test today.
I didn’t manage to watch their game against Liverpool last weekend, we were training at that time, but of course it’s a great result for them, and tells us what we have to be ready for today.
We know they have a lot of quality players. They have changed a lot since we played that game in the FA Cup, bringing in a lot of signings, so I expect it to be a very different team to the one we faced in January.
It looks like they have added a lot of individual quality to what they already had, and like every team in the Premier League, they have shown they can beat anybody.
I played the whole of that FA Cup game last season away at Forest, and I was very impressed with them that day, so if they have improved even more since then, then for sure they will be a difficult test today.
They will be highly motivated coming to the Emirates today, with the confidence of their result last weekend as well. It’s up to us to get back to winning ways in the league.
Read the rest of Odegaard’s notes, as well as a host of other fantastic content, by buying a copy of the Arsenal v Tottenham programme either around the stadium or online, and you can also purchase a seasonal subscription to get every issue through your door. 
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Mikel Arteta has challenged Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah to find the goal trail again after the pair have been off the scoresheet in recent weeks.
While they may have seven strikes between them this term, neither has netted since Nketiah notched against Bodo/Glimt at the start of this month, with Jesus’ last goal coming in the previous game – the north London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur.
That means six games have passed since either celebrated a goal, and Arteta feels the team need the duo firing again to help us get back to winning ways, starting with Sunday’s game against Nottingham Forest.
“We need goals and we need them from our front players, that’s for sure, to win the games and give us bigger margins,” he said. “That run of lack of goals has to end for us to be in the position for us to win more matches.
“Training is very restricted [due to congested fixture schedule] but sometimes it is a lot of mental things that you can work on and discuss. With the experience that they have, it is not the first time that they have been five games without scoring a goal in their careers – it’s happened to every striker that I know of. You have to deal with it, it’s part of the job.”
Jesus also spoke about his recent form ahead of the midweek game against PSV Eindhoven, and also suggested that every striker goes through these periods but has the belief that he’ll soon be recreating his famous telephone celebration sooner rather than later.
“I feel like I’m not doing things properly like I started the season,” he said on Wednesday. “But I think we’re still doing very good. In one of the tough leagues, we are still in first position and we are playing good, but obviously we want to score more goals to win the games.
“It’s four games I’ve started and I don’t score. That’s happened before and I’m pretty sure in the future it’s going to happen again. That’s football – I don’t want it to be like this, of course. I want to improve, I want to work, like always in my life and then the next game, I try again. And I’m 100 per cent sure I will score.”
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