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Martin Odegaard’s hugely ambitious hopes for Arsenal mocked by rival fans

Martin Odegaard was the butt of rival fans' jokes this eek after he outlined his ambitious plans for Arsenal.

The Norway international was signed for around £30m from Real Madrid late in the transfer window in a huge boost to Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners coach made Odegaard a top target after he impressed the manager while on loan from the Bernabeu last season.

A creative midfielder was a priority for Arteta and he got his wish when Real caved with Arsenal signing the 22-year-old relatively cheaply.

But it has been a tough start to the season for Odegaard and the north London side, who have lost all three of their Premier League matches so far.

A shock defeat to Brentford on the opening day of the season was followed by morale-draining losses to Chelsea and Manchester City but the playmaker is still ambitious over his aims at the Emirates.

He told Sky Sports: "I want to get Arsenal up the table and top of the league, fight for European football and fight for trophies.

"This season, we want to get European football – that would be important for us, for the players, for the fans.

"Hopefully in time, we can win trophies, the Champions League and the Premier League within a couple of years.

"This club needs to be at the top and needs to play European football and everyone agrees, it is not something we have talked a lot about but that is just how it should be."

It has led to a lot of reaction on social media from fans who have torn into Odegaard for what has been perceived as a highly unlikely situation, given Arsenal's current predicament.

One fan replied: "He been smoking what Arteta and Edu been this past year."

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Another wrote: "Wrong club man!! Should’ve stayed in Real Madrid if you wanted European football!!"

While this supporter said: "What sort of brainwashing takes place when you sign for this club. Willian said the same thing."

And a fourth quipped: "Why are Arsenal signings always so optimistic?"

Arsenal face Norwich this afternoon at the Emirates with anything less than a win expected to heap massive pressure on Arteta.

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