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'He is David Silva': Pundit says Arsenal have an incredibly 'special' talent in their ranks
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'He is David Silva': Pundit says Arsenal have an incredibly 'special' talent in their ranks

Fabrice Muamba has named Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard in his Team of the Season so far.

The pundit, speaking on his YouTube channel, said the Gunners star is Mikel Arteta’s own David Silva.

Odegaard has made a huge impact at the Emirates Stadium since his initial loan move in January 2021.

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Arsenal subsequently snapped the Norway captain up from Real Madrid that summer for a reported £34million.

Odegaard has clocked up 79 appearances for the Gunners, registering 15 goals and nine assists.

His efforts have helped Arsenal go top of the Premier League table and into the Europa League last 16.

Unsurprisingly, Odegaard made Muamba’s Team of the Season so far, and the former midfielder sung the Gunners star’s praises.

“Odegaard, wow,” said Muamba.

“This guy signed for Real Madrid at a young age and then moved to Arsenal on loan.

“My word, he is a different player. He controls the momentum for Arsenal.

“He is David Silva. When David Silva was at City he was what he is for Arsenal.

“He controls the tempo of the game, his vision, he’s one of the best technical players in this league.

“No doubt about it, you can’t argue with that.

“Odegaard has matured a lot, he’s the captain, he’s a leader, he’s scoring goals and he’s defending.

“I can see why Arsenal went above and beyond to get this guy. Arteta saw something special in him.”

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Odegaard joining Arsenal was a great call for both player and club.

The midfielder was struggling for game time at Real Madrid and spent a lot of time out on loan.

Likewise, the Gunners weren’t in a great place – while they were winning FA Cups, they looked well off being a title contender.

Now, Odegaard is not only a first-team regular at Arsenal but has become their captain, at just 23.

And the Gunners are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table, dreaming of one of their best seasons in years.

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