Arsenal latest news: Arteta wants more from £30m star who's 'slipped off radar'


Journalist Paul Brown reckons that Martin Odegaard has “slipped off the radar at Arsenal following a promising start.

The Norwegian signed permanently from Real Madrid for £30m this summer and played 90 minutes in three of his first four matches back in north London.

But Odegaard has found himself on the bench for the last two Premier League games and isn’t in Mikel Arteta’s best XI right.

What do the stats say about Odegaard?

Odegaard took time to settle during his loan spell last season, directly contributing to four goals in 20 appearances, so it wasn’t likely that he was going to hit the ground running.

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His second debut was a 5-0 defeat at Manchester City, but he really kicked into gear in Arsenal’s next away game when he scored a sumptuous winning goal at Burnley, which helped him claim a WhoScored rating of 7.79, his best of the season.

Odegaard wasn’t directly involved in any of the Gunners’ three goals in the north London derby eight days later but made three key passes, the joint-most on the day, and was involved in the build-up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second and then Bukayo Saka’s third.



But the 22-year-old wasn’t able to kick on and contributed little against Crystal Palace and Brighton and subsequently lost his place in Arsenal’s next Premier League game against Aston Villa.

According to WhoScored, Odegaard has been the Gunners’ 15th best player this season with a rating of 6.47, which is evidence of Brown’s claims that his levels have dropped off in recent weeks.

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What did Brown say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think he did expect more from Odegaard, he started quite well since he signed on a permanent, but has slipped off the radar, so there’s a weakness probably there.”

What can Odegaard do to win his place back?

With Arsenal on an excellent run under Arteta, this would now appear easier said than done.
Odegaard has shown what he’s capable of with the odd moment of magic in 2021, but he’s now paying the price for a lack of consistency.

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He does have the luxury of being able to play in a midfield two and behind the striker, but Arteta has opted for a front-two of Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang in the last two games, and with those two linking up brilliantly, Odegaard’s only hope right now is displacing Albert Sambi Lokonga.

But the Belgian has looked at home in the Arsenal midfielder, so all Odegaard can do is remain patient and make a difference when he does get a chance from the bench.

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