Martin Odegaard says he just loves playing with two Arsenal players
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Martin Odegaard says he just loves playing with two Arsenal players

Arsenal are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table at the moment, and their success so far is largely down to their midfield trio – Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.

Almost every one of Mikel Arteta’s players have stepped up this season. You can’t really fault anybody’s performance, but games are usually won and lost in the middle of the park, and Arsenal have been dominant in that part of the pitch.

Odegaard has been the chief orchestrator, while Xhaka has reached a whole new level. Partey, on the other hand, has been the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League and is arguably Arsenal’s most important player.

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Martin Odegaard says it’s a pleasure to play two Arsenal players

One of the biggest reasons why Arsenal are on top of the Premier League table ahead of Manchester City is because Mikel Arteta’s side are a lot more balanced.

Every player on the pitch knows their role perfectly – with and without the ball. The youngsters are playing well beyond their years, while the two older guys – Xhaka and Partey – have been phenomenal as well.

Odegaard was asked about Arsenal’s midfield and how he enjoys playing with Partey and Xhaka. The Norwegian revealed that the three of them work very hard in training together, and they just complement each other really, really well.

The Arsenal captain told Jan Aage Fjortoft on ViaPlay Fotball: “We work on it a lot.

“Me, Xhaka and Partey complement each other.

“It is a pleasure to play with them.”

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When Arsenal signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent deal, there were many people who questioned their decision to bring him in.

People slammed Arteta and Edu for signing a player who had managed just two goals and two assists in his six-month loan spell at the club, but the Arsenal decision-makers have been proved right once again.

Odegaard is arguably the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League at the moment. Almost every good thing Arsenal do in attack goes through him, and he’s their top scorer this season with eight goals as well.

With Partey and Xhaka behind him, Arsenal fans are seeing the best of Odegaard, and if they can keep them all fit, the Norwegian will likely become the first Gunners skipper since Patrick Vieira to lift the Premier League title.

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