Martin Odegaard is the identify on everybody’s lips at Arsenal proper now.

Within the area of two months the Norwegian has turn out to be so integral to the Gunners that Arsenal Twitter went into full meltdown as he limped off on Wednesday night time towards Gibraltar whereas on responsibility for his nation.

Luckily the early prognosis from the ankle harm he picked up is that he will likely be match to return to North London and construct on the stand out shows he put in towards Olympiacos, Spurs and West Ham particularly earlier than the worldwide break.

The Real Madrid loanee has wowed with a string of superb attacking shows, demonstrating unbelievable imaginative and prescient on the ball and a capability to reach late within the field to attain essential objectives.

Edu’s number one transfer priority at Arsenal as Martin Odegaard delivers Mikel Arteta surprise
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In all equity to Odegaard although that was to be anticipated.

When Arsenal signed him, they knew they have been getting a artistic number 10 with the power to drop into pockets of area and unpick the locks of Premier League defences that the Gunners had struggled with for a lot of the season.

What they weren’t anticipating although was how a lot of a defensive asset the 22-year-old would grow to be.

Mikel Arteta locations nice inventory in a participant’s skill to press the ball excessive so as to win it as far up the pitch as attainable.

Since his debut towards Manchester United in late January no participant has gained the ball extra instances within the last third (5) than the Norwegian.

It was this that was important in creating the lengthy distance shot with which Emile Smith Rowe rattled the underside of the bar within the North London Derby and it was on present once more as Arsenal recovered from their 3-0 deficit towards West Ham on Sunday.

In that match Odegaard ran additional than any participant on the pitch as he begins to shortly develop into a pacesetter by instance on the pitch.

He could seem to be the shy kind from his relaxed manner and timidity in interviews, however an open mic function on the Arsenal YouTube channel revealed that’s as vocal as they arrive on the pitch.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal skips around Ryan Fredericks of West Ham during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on March 21, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Odegaard impressed towards West Ham

Throughout the sport he might be heard yelling “up, up, up!” as he orchestrated the Gunners aspect of their excessive press.

Most gamers having simply arrived at a brand new membership for a short lived time period would attempt to maintain their head down when it got here to ordering their teammates round, however the Norwegian had no subject in demanding established senior gamers like Alexandre Lacazette push excessive, whereas additionally instructing children like Bukayo Saka the place to face as Arsenal sought to win the ball again within the West Ham defensive third.

Speaking after the sport Arteta admitted that regardless of scouting the participant extensively earlier than the transfer, even he was not anticipating this aspect of Odegaard to have existed.

“The way he steps on the pitch, he always wants the ball, the way he commands the pressing,” mentioned the Spaniard.

Martin Odegaard is the identify on everybody's lips at Arsenal proper now.

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“He’s been really influential. I think we’ve all been a bit surprised because he looks really shy and humble, but when he steps on that pitch he’s a real character and he loves to play football.”

It’s uncommon {that a} January mortgage signing finally ends up providing you with greater than you bargained for. When you look at Arsenal’s current monitor report on this division with Denis Suarez and Kim Kallstrom it is rarer nonetheless.

But in Martin Odegaard the Gunners have discovered a participant able to linking the defence and assault whereas unexpectedly discovering somebody who can lead their press. Keeping a maintain of him completely in the summertime will now certainly be their number one transfer priority.