Martin Odegaard: Arsenal star's highlights vs Leicester show how he dominated the game

  • Tom Ward

Martin Odegaard is rather good, isn’t he?

The Arsenal midfielder ran the show against Leicester City at the weekend as the Gunners returned to the top four in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta‘s side beat Brendan Rodgers‘ men 2-0 on Sunday at the Emirates to reclaim fourth place.

Thomas Partey put Arsenal one-nil up by the 11th minute with a towering header before Alexandre Lacazette doubled their lead in the second half after Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu was penalised for handball following a lengthy review by VAR.

But it seems Odegaard’s showing certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed after a stunning highlight reel of the Norway international emerged on social media.

The 2mins 20sec montage shows the 23-year-old completely bossing the Leicester midfield like a prime Mesut Ozil.

In the clip, he can be seen spraying passes left, right and centre in the middle of the park.

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The former Real Madrid flop also showcased he has improved in every area of the pitch as he is shown repeatedly winning possession back for the Gunners.

One interception came in an attacking position on the edge of the box. But the pick of the bunch was arguably his perfectly-timed sliding tackle to incept a pass from Luke Thomas.

Unsurprisingly, Odegaard received lots of praise for his performance post-match, none more so than Arteta, who claimed ‘he’s come a long way since his arrival’.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “He was terrific again today, in every aspect of the game; what he had to do in defending, when we were high and deep; in build-up phases; in the final third, the way he understood and managed the game when he was needed.

“He’s come a long way since his arrival, he is showing great maturity and responsibility on the pitch and he makes the other players better, I think.”

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Arsenal paid Madrid £30 million to sign Odegaard last summer following a successful loan spell at the Emirates.

Asked if Odegaard should be considered a bargain with the benefit of hindsight, Arteta replied: “I don’t know, it’s still a bit early to say that.

“We were certainly convinced he was a player that could fit in our clubs, in with our morals.

“He has every value that we want players to represent this club, and then he has the quality for what we want to do.

“We are really happy with him.”

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