Gunning for glory!

21 February,2024 06:28 AM IST |  London  |  AFP

Heading into tonight’s round-of-16 first leg against Porto on the back of five successive league wins, Arsenal skipper Martin Odegaard says Londoners are eyeing double titles—UCL as well as Premiership

Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard (centre) during a training session in London yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

Martin Odegaard has urged Arsenal to use the momentum from their recent goal spree to fuel the club's historic bid for Champions League and Premier League glory.

The Gunners head to Porto on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie in buoyant mood after demolishing Burnley 5-0 last weekend. Mikel Arteta's side have started a calendar year with five successive league wins for the first time in their history, scoring 21 goals in those games.

Two points behind Liverpool

Arsenal are just two points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and can turn their attention to Porto safe in the knowledge they are firmly in the hunt for a first title since 2004. As well as reigning supreme in England for the first time in 20 years, the north Londoners are convinced they can also conquer Europe. Arsenal have never won the Champions League - losing their only final appearance against Barcelona in 2006.

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Buoyed by the recent string of high-scoring wins, Gunners captain Odegaard is confident his team can mount a thrilling bid for both trophies.

‘Want to focus on ourselves'

"That's what we want to do, we want to compete in every competition we play in," the Norway midfielder said. "Of course Champions League is a massive one, so we are excited for it. We just want to focus on ourselves each game, keep improving every game and we will see how it goes. We are in a good moment now. We have to use that momentum, keep building on it and we will see."

Arsenal lost their opening game of the year to Liverpool in the FA Cup. Revitalised by a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, they crushed Crystal Palace 5-0 and beat Nottingham Forest. They put Liverpool to the sword in a 3-1 league victory that served notice of Arsenal's hunger to make amends for last season's late collapse in the title race. They then thrashed West Ham 6-0 before crushing Burnley.

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