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Arsenal captain Odegaard: So much more to today's derby against Tottenham

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard expects a "great fight" in today's derby against Tottenham.

Writing in his match programme notes, Odegaard declared: "I've played in a few of these derby games now, they are always so special, and I know how much it means to everyone around the club and the supporters.

"The whole week is special. You feel it around the club, around the building and everyone is preparing for it, knowing something special is coming. And right now, with both teams up at the top, there's even more on the game. I'm expecting a great fight, and one that we need to win in front of our own supporters.

"I have some good memories of this game, I scored my first Premier League goal in the derby a couple of years ago, but that was in an empty stadium and I would love to have that feeling in front of our supporters.

"I got a kick on my calf in the week before the Brentford game, and was struggling a bit with it beforehand, and I had to leave some of the training sessions. Then the last session before the game, I had to go out again because it was too sore.

"So I stayed here for a few days after the game to do some rehab and all the scans, and everything was fine so I joined up with the national team and I was able to play twice for Norway. I feel fine now."



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