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BBC pundit says Arsenal star is winning him over more and more
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BBC pundit says Arsenal star is winning him over more and more

Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that Martin Odegaard impresses him more and more with every appearance following his display for Arsenal in their win over Wolves on Saturday.

The Gunners went into the clash at Molineux knowing that they would be top of the Premier League at Christmas. However, Mikel Arteta’s men did not take their foot off of the accelerator.

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Arsenal won 2-0 against the division’s bottom side. And it was Odegaard who scored both of the goals for the visitors.

Crooks praises Martin Odegaard

The Norwegian showed the most desire to get on the end of Fabio Vieira’s cross to break the deadlock. And the skipper then smashed home the second 15 minutes from time to ensure that Arsenal took home the points.

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It was a proper captain’s performance from Odegaard. And Crooks admitted that he is becoming a bigger admirer of the 23-year-old with every game – though he made no secret of the fact that he wishes Arsenal were not performing so well.

“The more I see this player the more I like him. Cool under pressure, never over-celebrates and, dare I say it, brings a touch of elegance to an Arsenal side that is showing more class than I’m used to seeing from the Gunners,” he told BBC Sport.

“It would seem goals, clean sheets and a touch of sophistication in midfield from Martin Odegaard are combining to keep Arsenal top of the table. 

“I must say I’m finding all this success on this side of north London excruciatingly painful but that will only add to the joy of Arsenal fans. My only hope is that not all teams top of the table at Christmas go on to win the title.”

Arsenal passing every test right now

You can understand why some would still back Manchester City for the title. They have that experience of getting across the line. And the depth in their squad is honestly a joke.

Arsenal meanwhile, have not been in this position for a very long time. Certainly, none of the current squad – except Mohamed Elneny perhaps – have fought for the title in a Gunners shirt.

But every time it appears that Arsenal’s bubble may burst, they find a way to keep their momentum going. With each win, they are gaining more and more belief.

The five point advantage over Manchester City going into the international break feels significant. City are not unstoppable right now.

Arsenal still need to prove that they can handle the pressure once they emerge as favourites in the race. But based on everything that has come this season so far, there is every chance that they will thrive with that tag also.

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