The Norwegian playmaker returned for a second spell in north London this summer after impressing in his first one last season.
Martin Odegaard has opened up on his short-term and long-term ambitions at Arsenal saying he wants the club to “get back into European football” this season and “win the league within a couple of years.”
Arsenal are still considered as one of the ‘top six’ Premier League clubs but are currently a shadow of the domestic powerhouse, let alone a European one, they once were under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger.
Rooted to the rock bottom of the league standings, the Gunners have had an appalling start to the new season wherein they won’t partake in continental competition for the first time in 25 years.
Odegaard’s relationship with the club might be quite brief, but he’s still well aware of the aspirations that a club of Arsenal’s stature should maintain.
“I think to get the club up in the table and at the top of the league,” the former Real Madrid man told Sky Sports.
“[We want] to fight for European football and to fight for trophies.
“For this season we want to get back into European football – that would be important for us, for the players, for the club, for the fans.
“Hopefully with time, [we can] win trophies, the Champions League, and hopefully win the league within a couple of years.”
“This club needs to be at the top. It needs to play European football and I think everyone agrees. It is not something we have talked a lot about but that is how it should be at this club. That is the standard.”