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‘Fantastic footballer’: Mikel Arteta says £80k-a-week Arsenal man has been practicing shooting so much in training
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‘Fantastic footballer’: Mikel Arteta says £80k-a-week Arsenal man has been practicing shooting so much in training

Arsenal now know that they will go into the World Cup break five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

A 2-0 win over Wolves capped off a fantastic start to the season for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta was very pleased with his side’s performances speaking to the media after the match, via Football London.

Arteta stuck with his normal starting XI, but was forced into an early change when Granit Xhaka couldn’t continue due to illness.

The Arsenal manager admitted after the game he wasn’t the only player affected, but couldn’t make three or four changes in the first half.

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Xhaka’s replacement Fabio Vieira had a fantastic game, and set up the first goal.

His laid on a fantastic cross across the six-yard box that presented Martin Odegaard with a simple tap-in.

The Norwegian captain doubled his tally for the evening 20 minutes later.

He slotted his shot home through a sea of bodies to secure Arsenal another Premier League win on the road.

Arteta admitted after the game that Odegaard has been practising his shooting a lot in training and it appears to be paying off.

The 23-year-old is now Arsenal’s top scorer in the league, and only one goal off his tally for last season.

Odegaard has been practising so much shooting in training

Arteta couldn’t praise his captain highly enough after the match, and was asked about his leadership qualities.

“He is in his own way and with his character,” Arteta said.

“He’s a fantastic person and a fantastic footballer and what he’s doing at his age is not easy and we are really happy to have him.”

Arteta then elaborated on how important it is that Odegaard is becoming a bigger presence in the box.

“That’s what you want – for your attacking midfielders to win games not only by assisting but by scoring goals,” Arteta added.

“He’s changed that mentality and he’s practising a lot and he wants to get to his best and we don’t know where his limit is like many of the other kids that we have.

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“That’s what we want – embrace the good moments and support them when they’re not that good.”

The £80,000-a-week playmaker has become a vital cog in Arsenal’s attack.

Mark Schwarzer believes that Odegaard has improved so much, saying he’s stepped up as a leader in the squad.

He’s even been compared to Kevin de Bruyne, and although he’s not quite got the same range of passing, his importance to Arsenal cannot be understated.

Odegaard is certainly benefiting from how much he’s practising his shooting in training.

He’s now got a month off to continue that hard work before the league restarts.

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