- Martin Odegaard has had a bright start to life since returning to Arsenal on a permanent deal from Real Madrid
- The midfielder played a key part in the Gunners' stunning win over Burnley at the weekend as he scored the decisive goal
- Mikel Arteta has now backed the youngster for greatness, hailing his leadership qualities on the pitch
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has showered praises on Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard for his impressive displays since he joined the club permanently in the summer.
The 22-year-old powered home an unstoppable freekick that earned the Gunners their second straight Premier League win at Turf Moor after a disastrous start to the 2021-22 campaign.
Odegaard was among six players who joined the North Londoners in the summer for £150 million as they plan to create a team with more youngsters that can build a foundation for the club's future success according to Mirror UK.
What Mikel Arteta said
However, it was not just his goal that left Arteta impressed, with the Spaniard singling out the midfielder's leadership qualities he has evidenced. Arteta explained:
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“I think we are building some leadership in the group. It’s a really young group, with a lot of players under 23.
“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."
Arsenal host Wimbledon in their EFL Cup third-round at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, September 22.
Supercomputer predicts Arsenal's fate in the EPL
Legit.ng earlier reported that a Premier League supercomputer has predicted Arsenal will be relegated this season with a bottom-of-the-log finish.
The North Londoners got their season off on the wrong footing, having lost their first three games. So woeful their run of form has been that they are yet to score at least a league goal thus far.
The three defeats now have Arsenal rocked bottom on the log, with their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur topping the charts with three wins.