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Martin Odegaard ‘excited’ by Arsenal project after Burnley winner: ‘I feel at home here’

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Martin Odegaard says he feels “at home” at Arsenal after his first goal since joining the club permanently in the summer earned a 1-0 win over Burnley.

Odegaard, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for £30million in August after a spell on loan last season, curled home a brilliant free-kick in the 30th minute at Turf Moor on Saturday.

After opening his account against Burnley in a second successive narrow victory, the 22-year-old insisted he feels settled in north London.

“I feel good here and at home and I am really excited to be part of this club and part of the project, excited by the future,” Odegaard said.

“My free-kick was a good hit and I felt it immediately. It was a good moment and an important goal which gave us the three points so I’m very happy.

“You have to hit it perfectly – right speed, right height.

“Three points was the most important thing. It was close and a bit chaotic in the end, but we got a win and a clean sheet as well, so we have to be happy and proud of that performance.”

The win was a crucial one for Arsenal as they look to turn their season around following a miserable start to the campaign.

The Gunners lost all three of their opening Premier League games, failing to score a goal in the process, but have since won two on the spin.

That has helped ease some of the pressure on manager Mikel Arteta, who is now preparing his side for AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday and then north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday.

“I believe in this team. Even though we lost some games in the beginning, I had the same faith and belief,” added Odegaard.

“We are a young team, but we showed character [against Burnley]. It is not easy to play this kind of game. I think we did really well.

Martin Odegaard scored Arsenal’s winning goal against Burnley at Turf Moor (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Martin Odegaard scored Arsenal’s winning goal against Burnley at Turf Moor (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“It was kind of a war in the end. We know their strength and we played their game a little bit more than our own game.

“We controlled the game a bit better, but in the second half they played their game and they are good at it.

“We had to be a bit smarter and keep the ball when we won it, but again we fought well and won. It was not beautiful, but a crucial game and important to get the win.”

The Football Association (FA) are investigating the scenes of crowd trouble that erupted at the end of Saturday’s match.

The trouble occurred in the David Fishwick Stand, which houses both away and home fans.

Supporters of the two sides met in the middle of their opposing sections, with stewards failing to keep the large numbers separated.

Plastic bottles appeared to be thrown by both sets of fans during the clashes.

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