Arteta hails Odegaard, says he can be a leader in the young Arsenal squad

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Although starting off very poorly this season, Arsenal FC are gradually bouncing back to their known form. They previously lost their first, second and third opening premier league games to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.

This almost cost Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s boss his job as he struggled to lift his team up again. Currently, they have won their last two matches against Norwich and Burnley both with a 1:0 winning streak.

Martin Odegaard, who had made a permanent move from Real Madrid after a long spell of loan deal to Arsenal,has been on his perfect form this season.

Odegaard has been playing a pivotal role for his new club as he scored the winning goal against Burnley last weekend.

Arsenal’s boss Mikel Arteta has subsequently hailed the 22-year-old for the difference he is making, as well as highlighting the importance of fellow young midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, who turns 22 in October.

“I think we are building some leadership in the group,” Arteta said. “It’s a really young group, with a lot of players under 23.

“Martin is the captain of the [Norway] national team and Sambi was the captain at Anderlecht.

“Martin has this capacity to do that with his talent, taking the ball in moments where others probably refuse to, but as well with his attitude, his rhythm and the way he presses and puts people under pressure. He’s probably the first to do it.

“I was really impressed with Auba [Aubameyang] as well – I think his rhythm and high pressing was fantastic.”

The manager during an interview, claimed that his goal is always on the next match at a time..
“These games are like any other game, an opportunity for anybody to show that he deserves to be in the team and we are wrong,” Arteta said.

“Focus, demand the highest standards, prepare the same way or even better.

“There is a lot of coaching now going on around the team. Young players are starting to talk and communicate, and that facilitates a lot of things in the defensive phase.

“After the difficult start that we had in many different aspects, when you start to win two games, you can win the third one.

“You get more momentum, more confidence, everybody’s back, and then you start to create a different feeling.” he concluded.