Mikel Arteta says Martin Odegaard would not like one comparison
In his press conference ahead of the North London derby, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was asked if he sees a bit of himself in Martin Odegaard.
The Gunners were desperate to sign the Norwegian on a permanent deal in the summer window. He became Arteta’s top target even before last season ended and at just £30 million (BBC), he could prove to be a huge bargain.
Arteta was quizzed about Odegaard, who scored against Tottenham at the Emirates last season. The Arsenal boss raved about the Norwegian, calling him an ‘exceptional’ player who can decide ‘big football matches’.
Arteta: Odegaard is an exceptional footballer
Asked if he sees similarities between himself and Odegaard, Arteta said, as per ArseBlog: “I don’t think he’d like that comparison!
“He’s Martin. He’s an exceptional footballer. He is still young, he’s got a big gap to develop his game and his leadership skills as well. We are on the way to help him as much as possible to fulfil his potential which I think is really big.
“First, [we signed him] because he’s a very consistent player and we like the qualities he brings to the team, how he’s around the place. And then, because he can decide football matches and big football matches. He did that last year.”
Odegaard will be key for Arsenal against Spurs
Odegaard was incredible for the Gunners in their 2-1 win over Tottenham at the Emirates last season. He received a ton of praise for his goal, but his overall performance was outstanding as well.
The 22-year-old had 75 touches of the ball, registered two key passes, successfully completed every one of his long balls and maintained a stunning 97 per cent passing accuracy in the derby back in March. (SofaScore)
Odegaard is almost certain to start again on Sunday. If he can perform as well as he did against Spurs last time, Arsenal’s chances of winning the game will increase considerably.
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