Martin Odegaard scored Arsenal’s winner at Burnley courtesy of a sublime free-kick and hailed his team’s efforts after labelling their contest at Turf Moor as a “war”
Martin Odegaard described Arsenal’s win at Burnley as a “war” after the Gunners continued their revival.
The north Londoners lost their opening three games without scoring but have now picked up back-to-back wins without conceding.
Last weekend’s win over Norwich was followed up by three points at Turf Moor.
Odegaard, who made a permanent switch to the Emirates in the summer, curled home a free-kick in the first-half.
It proved to be the winner as he beat Nick Pope and the wall – a skill that the Norwegian claims needed to be “perfect”.
He told the BBC : “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.”
Burnley are known for their physicality, something Jurgen Klopp seemed to take issue with earlier this season.
The Clarets continued that trend in the second-half as they sought an equaliser.
Odegaard concedes Arsenal began playing the hosts at their own game and called on them to be more street wise in the future.
He added: “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.
“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’s win lifts them up to 12th, four points off Manchester City who sit in third.
Mikel Arteta, who has come in for huge criticism, admits his players are not tailored to the attritional challenge posed by Burnley.
Nevertheless their ability to dig in was what pleased the Spaniard most.
He said: “It was a hard-fought victory at a really tough place. You have to be ready for a fight.
“In the first half we had some really good periods when we were really dominant and should have scored more goals. In the second half we gave the ball away cheaply too many times.
“We have players who are not at their strength playing in this type of game, but they did their best and we got the win. I’m very proud of them defensively and I’m really pleased with the win.
“It’s two wins in a row, two clean sheets. Let’s go again. We have a lot to catch up!”
Takehiro Tomiyasu made his second straight start at the back following his deadline day move.
Fellow summer signing Ben White needed VAR to overturn a Burnley penalty in the second-half.