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Arsenal ‘have to believe’ they can beat Man City and Liverpool in Premier League table – Odegaard

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Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard says the Gunners can beat Manchester City and Liverpool in a Premier League title race which has “a long way to go” following their 2-0 win at Wolves.

Midfielder Odegaard slotted in from a tight angle in the 95th minute, adding to Leandro Trossard’s strike on the stroke of half-time as their side moved a point clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, having played a game more than the reigning champions.

“We have to believe and go for it,” Odegaard told Sky Sports. “It wasn’t our best performance but it was all about the three points. We didn’t play the best game but got the win.

“There is still a long way to go and it is still tight in the title race. Wolves are a good team, well organised, physical and defend well.

“We knew we were going to get the chances and, in the end, the goals. We wanted to get the second goal earlier.”

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Arsenal’s first win in four games in all competitions came after they were knocked out of the Uefa Champions League with a 3-2 aggregate defeat at Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Their 2-0 defeat at home to fourth-placed Aston Villa on Sunday handed City the advantage at the summit, with third-placed Liverpool also losing ground courtesy of a surprise home loss to Crystal Palace.

Wolves v Arsenal: ‘Massive win’

“It’s been a tough week emotionally,” said Odegaard. “It’s been really hard. This has been a massive win. I’ve been looking for a goal for a while now.

“We had to keep going. It was all about coming back and getting the win, so I’m really happy.

“We wanted to go further in the Champions League. The good thing is you always get a new chance.”

Norway international Odegaard had gone four games without a goal before scoring his 11th of the season.

Arsenal will move four points clear of City if they win at home to Chelsea on Tuesday in the first of their remaining five matches of the campaign. They then visit arch-rivals Tottenham the following Sunday.

Ben Miller
Ben Miller
Ben has more than 10 years' experience in sports journalism, covering two EURO tournaments, European club competitions, the Premier League, EFL and WSL and a variety of other major sporting events.

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