The TV pundit, in his own typical way, claimed that the Arsenal players should be ‘honoured’ by the Queen of England if they finish in the Champions League places during that time.
Even though Arsenal took some weight off their shoulders on Saturday, by picking up their first Premier League win of the season, there is still big pressure on the man in the Emirates dugout.
And whether it’s Mikel Arteta or anybody else, if they manage to secure a top-four finish in the next few years in their current position, then it would be something.
That was something Merson touched upon when reacting to Odegaard’s comments, but he explained it in his own unique way.
“No, no. I think you have to start taking small steps,” said Merson. “It has to be steady progress.
“I think the players they have brought in are younger players – Arsenal were building a team around Smith-Rowe three weeks ago and he’s out of the team now.
“If they can get into the top four within the next two years then they won’t be far off the Queen putting the sword on their shoulders. They will be getting honoured.”
Whilst Odegaard’s comments are unrealistic and it won’t happen, barring a miracle, it is great to see the £30 million player (Sky Sports) sticking his chest out.
Arsenal needs individuals like him in their dressing room, who think like great players of the club’s past would have thought.
It’s that type of mentality that will allow this sinking ship to rise and move forward once again.
And with this Amazon documentary filming the club’s every more, fans will get to see, from the inside, what individual players are actually like.