Arsenal have a mindset problem, according to Odegaard, after blowing a lead against Everton.
The Norwegian midfielder gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead at Goodison Park shortly before halftime, but Richarlison and Demarai Gray scored in the second half to give the Gunners their first Premier League victory since September.

Arsenal, on the other hand, has now lost two games in a row in the English Premier League, and Odegaard believes their mentality was to blame for the recent setback.

“I believe it is [a attitude issue].” When you’re up 1-0, you’re terrified of losing the game, and that’s what we did poorly today, in my opinion,” Odegaard told Sky Sports after the game.

“You go for the second goal, and that was the plan, but we couldn’t execute it on the field.”

“It’s a difficult one to accept,” he added. In general, I believe we were not at the level required today.

“We had some good moments, but we need to improve significantly.” We could have done a lot better.

“It’s difficult to say. That’s how it goes at times. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what happened. When we have a lead, we must perform better. We paused our game and handed them the game they requested.”


Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager, was upset with his team’s performance against the Toffees, conceding that their ball use was insufficient.

“We had a lot of inconsistency with the ball in the first half,” he told Sky Sports. It was unappealing to me. There is no way to go through. We scored on one of the few occasions we attempted it. We tried to do more of those things in the second half, and we generated four good chances, but we allowed a clumsy goal when the game needed to be managed.

“We were unable to advance the ball into the final third of the field.” They aren’t going to give you any time, and you know what to anticipate at Goodison. We kept pressing high, and I thought the team tried to leave. We dropped a few key duels, which placed us under a lot of stress.”

Arteta’s side is now in seventh place in the Premier League, 12 points behind Manchester City.

Their next fixture is against Southampton on Saturday, followed by a home meeting against West Ham four days later.


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