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Mikel Arteta thinks Arsenal ‘leader’ could miss next two games

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Mikel Arteta thinks Arsenal ‘leader’ could miss next two games

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has speculated that Gunners on-loan midfielder Martin Odegaard could be out for “the next game or two”.

The Norwegian missed the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final tie against Slavia Prague due to an ankle issue picked up while on international duty.

Odegaard was missed at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal struggled to kill the game off, missing several good chances, and were made to pay as they conceded in injury time.

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The 22-year-old could now miss the Gunners’ Premier League trip to Sheffield United on Sunday, and possibly the second leg of their tie with Slavia next Thursday.

Asked after the Slavia draw whether he was concerned Odegaard might be missing for the long term, Arteta is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “We don’t know.

 

“He wasn’t able to play today and he will be out, I think, for the next game or two. But we don’t know yet.”

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Odegaard has been superb for Arsenal since arriving on loan from the Bernabeu in January, with Arteta deeming him a “young leader” in February.

Indeed, he won Arsenal’s Player of the Month award for March, with 53.4 percent of the votes cast.

It’s worrying to hear he risks missing the next two games, but hopefully he’ll make a quicker recovery than predicted.

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