Following Arsenal’s spirited Champions League victory over Sevilla, Martin Odegaard has spoken out. Although he struggled to make an impression against the Spanish powerhouses, the 24-year-old led Mikel Arteta’s team to the top of Group B.
Odegaard was regarded as one of the top midfielders in Europe the previous season, but he hasn’t performed as well this time around, raising concerns. Emmanuel Petit repeated worries over the Norway international after the Gunners’ triumph on Tuesday night, saying that he ‘looks clumsy’ and has ‘no imagination’./Winorlose
The former midfielder for Arsenal remarked, “Odegaard looks tired as well physically and has been sloppy on the pitch lately,” on the talkSPORT Breakfast show.
“Probably the fact that we’re playing top, top games every three days has an impact and the fact there’s not a big rotation in the first XI with [Mikel] Arteta that could be a problem as well. I remember when it gets to that stage of the season especially the last few weeks of the season when important players get injured.
“Odegaard, when he plays well, most of the time Arsenal win the game. The last couple of games he was not the same player on the pitch. That has an impact on Arsenal’s competitiveness.”
With fans and pundits alike looking for answers to Odegaard’s poor form, the Arsenal captain has finally broken his silence on social media. Taking to Instagram after the Sevilla clash, he wrote: “Big win! Thanks to traveling fans [clapping hands emoji].”/WINORLOSE/