Martin Odegaard speaks out after Arsenal teammate Aubameyang denied him goal

Arsenal star Martin Odegaard says he was hugely frustrated when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang denied him a certain goal against Watford to extend his barren run.

The Gunners continued their strong form with a 1-0 victory at the Emirates on Sunday, with Emile Smith-Rowe’s second-half strike – his fourth Premier League goal this season – proving to be the decisive moment of the game.

Arsenal had plenty of chances to add to the scoreline, with Aubameyang missing from the penalty spot earlier in the game before robbing Odegaard of a clear goal.

The Norwegian picked up the ball inside the box and burst past Moussa Sissoko before firing an effort across goal that looked destined to find the bottom corner of Ben Foster’s net.

But, just before the ball crossed the line, Aubameyang slid in and nudged it into the back of the net to nab the goal off his teammate, only to look around and see half the Watford defence with their arms raised appealing for offside.

Odegaard was already wheeling away thinking he had netted his first goal since September, but instead saw the linesman’s flag go up and dropped to the floor as he let out a yell of frustration.

The summer signing from Real Madrid has now gone six games without netting for the Gunners – meaning he has just one goal and no assists since moving to north London permanently – and he admits it was tough to see his effort chalked off.

Asked about the situation, Odegaard told Norway’s TV2: ‘It was a pity. I saw it nicely from the side, it was going in.

‘I knew as soon as he touched it that he was offside. It was frustrating, but we won. If they had equalised, it would have been tougher!’

Arsenal fans slammed Aubameyang for his attempt to nick Odegaard’s goal, while club legend Ian Wright was also very critical of the captain’s performance, telling Premier League Productions: ‘I thought Aubameyang had a poor game today.

‘He missed a penalty, he should have finished that first chance that Saka scored which was offside. And in the end he tried to nick Odegaard’s goal which would probably have been a goal so it wasn’t a great day for him.’

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