Martin Odegaard claimed he has a special motivation against Manchester City on Sunday, given his international connection to Erling Haaland.

Odegaard has made a solid start to the new campaign, score three goals and assist one in his seven Premier League’s start this season, also netted the fourth goal in the Champions League win over PSV Eindhoven.

But there have also been a couple of slip-ups, with the draw at home against Tottenham Hotspur and the defeat away to RC Lens.

The clash today against Manchester City is the perfect game to put those memories to rest, and to go into the international break on a high.

Odegaard has admitted the match is a huge one for the team, and in particular for him, as he’ll have to spend the international break with Erling Haaland

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard was speaking to the club programme ahead of the game.

“It’s a game we’re really looking forward to, being here at our home, and knowing that you – our supporters – will be on fire for it,” Odegaard said.

“It’s a huge game too when you look at the table. They lost last weekend, and it’s obviously nice when the teams around you drop points, but it’s much more important to focus on ourselves and what we can do.

“We don’t want to look too much at what other teams are doing, because that’s when you lose your focus.

“We go away on international break after today as well, and you always want to go with your country after getting a win for your club – especially as I will be with Erling for the next week or so!”