‘We have to be realistic’ – Arsenal star admits title race is all but over after Brighton loss

‘We have to be realistic’ – Arsenal star admits title race is all but over after Brighton loss

Arsenal star Martin Odegaard has admitted that the title race is all but over following his club’s loss to Brighton on Sunday.

The Seagulls stormed to a 3-0 victory at the Emirates, with manager Roberto De Zerbi pulling off a masterclass in the dugout in North London.

The clubs went into the half-time break with the scores level at 0-0, but the visitors came alive in the second 45 minutes, with goals from Julio Enciso, Deniz Undav and Pervis Estupinan.

Arsenal star concedes title race is over

The superb win for Brighton sees them climb to sixth place in the Premier League table, in what has been a stunning campaign for the south coast side.

They are now just four points behind Liverpool in fifth, and even have a game in hand over the Reds as they look to secure a European spot.

For Arsenal, however, the loss means they remain four points behind Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola’s men having defeated Everton 3-0 earlier in the day.

The Manchester outfit now need just one win from their last three matches to lift the Premier League trophy this season.

While Arsenal skipper Odegaard is very disappointed to have ended a superb campaign this way, the midfielder is proud of how far the club have improved in recent years.

“It looks difficult to be honest, we have to be realistic, I don’t think City are going to make many mistakes now,” said Odegaard, as quoted by the Arsenal website.

“The only thing we can do now is get back and finish the season in a good way, I think everyone deserves that, especially the fans. That’s the only thing we can do and we’ll have to see.

“We’ve done a lot of good things, but at the moment it’s just disappointing the way we ended. Especially the three games before the Chelsea game, and then this game.

“I think it’s a good sign as well that we are disappointed at the moment, we just have to make sure we keep improving. We’re just going to get better and better all the time and that’s the aim.”


Brighton stun Arsenal at the Emirates

The Gunners travel to Nottingham Forest and host Wolves in their final two matches of the season, with Man City taking on Chelsea, Brighton and Brentford in their final three.

The Seagulls could, of course, turn over the Manchester outfit like they did Arsenal, with Odegaard detailing exactly how the game unfolded against De Zerbi’s men at the Emirates.

“The first half we did okay with the high press, we won the ball a few times there and it could’ve been dangerous,” added Odegaard. “We could’ve scored some goals there, but then second half, I think the game changed a bit.

“We didn’t do the high press as well as in the first, and when they went direct it was a bit too easy for them to get through and in the end the goals were a bit easy, I don’t know why at the moment – it was frustrating.”

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