Mikel Arteta sends message to Martin Odegaard after pointed celebration in Arsenal’s win at Burnley | Football

Martin Odegaard silenced his critics as he opened the scoring at Burnley (Picture: Sky Sports)

Mikel Arteta told Martin Odegaard to celebrate how he sees fit after the midfielder placed his hands over his ears while reacting to his goal in Arsenal’s 5-0 victory over Burnley.

Odegaard opened the scoring with a powerful strike into the bottom corner in only the fourth minute at Turf Moor, before Bukayo Saka joined the fun with goals either side of half-time.

Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz further increased the deficit to put the visitors out of sight in a one-sided second half and the result moved Arteta’s men within two points of leaders Liverpool, who won at Brentford in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

It’s the first time ever that Arsenal have scored five or more goals in back-to-back away matches in the Premier League, with the north London giants thumping West Ham 6-0 on the road last time out.

The Gunners return to Champions League action away at Porto on Wednesday before welcoming Newcastle to the Emirates next weekend, where they will look to extend their winning streak to six in the English top flight.

Odegaard was on the receiving end of some criticism in the wake of Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat of Liverpool earlier this month, as Jamie Carragher accused the Norwegian of over-celebrating and milking the moment – telling him to ‘just get down the tunnel’.

But it didn’t appear to affect Odegaard, with the Arsenal captain placing his hands over his ears – presumably to indicate that he was blocking out all outside noise – while celebrating his well-taken opener.

Arsenal star Martin Odegaard

Carragher criticised Odegaard’s celebrations after Arsenal’s defeat of Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Asked about the significance of Odegaard’s celebration, Arteta told reporters: ‘I don’t know. I didn’t notice him make that gesture.

‘He was really happy in the dressing room. He needs to do what he feels. If he wants to do something then do it and deal with the consequences.

‘We want him to do it because we really like it.’

Saka scored either side of half-time at Turf Moor (Picture: Getty)

Arteta said Odegaard appeared to have hit his stride both mentally and physically after the Arsenal captain took his goalscoring tally to seven in all competitions for the season.

The 25-year-old also provided the assist for Saka’s second strike with a clever pass shortly after half-time at Turf Moor.

‘I think confidence-wise he’s in a really good moment,’ the Arsenal head coach added.

‘Physically as well the way he’s applied himself defending and attacking.

‘The connection and the movement that he gives us on that right hand side it’s really good. He’s hitting form.’

The Spaniard said his attacking players were feeling great ‘tranquility’ in front of goal.

‘We are showing a high efficiency in front of goal at the minute,’ he went on.

‘The players up front feel really connected at the moment. It gives us much more tranquility.’

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