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'His work-rate is incredible': Arteta blown away by just how far one Arsenal player runs during matches

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Mikel Arteta has claimed that Martin Odegaard is becoming a real leader for Arsenal already on BBC Sport, with his work-rate being labelled as ‘incredible’.


Odegaard scored the goal which separated Arsenal against Burnley at the weekend.

The Norwegian curled in a free-kick as Arsenal collected a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor.

And Arteta was full of praise for the playmaker after the game, with the defensive side of his game earning him great credit.

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He said: “You can see what he did in the first-half in terms of his quality and how he glues the team together.

“He finds pockets, and final balls and then his work-rate. His work-rate is incredible, he fights for every ball, he is becoming a real leader in the team.”

Captain material?

Odegaard’s leadership qualities have already been seen on the international stage, as he wears the armband for Norway despite his tender years.

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He could now emerge as a real contender to wear the armband at Arsenal in future years, if he continues to have such a big impact.

Odegaard’s signing has been key for Arsenal, as he has once again added a greater attacking threat to their play.

It was the Gunners’ defensive resilience which was impressive at the weekend, though.

Burnley really did put the Arsenal backline under pressure, but they stood up well to the aerial bombardment, particularly in the second half.

Arsenal have now won their last two matches on the spin to gain some momentum before the North London derby.

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