Brighton boss Graham Potter was a disappointed man yesterday after his side were outplayed by Arsenal at the Emirates.
The Gunners dominated the game and deserved the win. Nicolas Pepe’s brace turned out to be the difference between the two sides, but Potter named Arsenal star Martin Odegaard as the most influential attacker on the pitch yesterday.
He told Sky Sports: “Arsenal’s attacking players, I thought Odegaard, in particular, was very good in the game and influential.
“They have some high quality at the top end of the pitch. We have to play really well if we are going to come to these places and win and we didn’t play well enough.”
Odegaard was fantastic against Brighton
The Norwegian played 86 minutes against the Seagulls last night and he was arguably the best player on the pitch.
He had 73 touches, completed 49 passes, three crosses, three key passes and four long balls. He completed both of his attempted dribbles too and picked up a lovely assist to cap off a fine night. (SofaScore)
Odegaard, sadly, may well have played his last game ever in an Arsenal shirt. He is set to return to Real Madrid soon, and considering that the Gunners will not be in Europe next season, he may choose to not come back.
Mikel Arteta revealed in his press conference yesterday that Arsenal will hold talks with Real Madrid about signing Odegaard on a permanent deal in the upcoming summer transfer window. (Read here)
The Euros will certainly delay any negotiations, but if Edu and Arteta somehow manage to get the Norwegian back to Arsenal, it could well prove to be one of their best pieces of business over the last two years.