Arsenal Women legend Alex Scott analysed her former club’s 3-3 draw against West Ham United yesterday.
The Gunners couldn’t have started the game more terribly at the Olympic stadium. We went 3-0 down after 32 minutes, and it looked at that point as though things will only get worse.
Mikel Arteta’s men, however, bounced back brilliantly and managed to secure a point from the game. All the players deserve a ton of credit for their spirit and attitude – none more so than Martin Odegaard.
Scott analysed the Norwegian’s game on Match of the Day 2 yesterday. She claims that the Real Madrid man was ‘bang average’ against Manchester City 28 days ago, but he has transformed himself to become ‘absolutely sensational’ for Arsenal in the weeks following that game at the Emirates.
She said: “I remember against Manchester City a few weeks ago, I thought he was bang average, like many of the other players that game. But since then he’s really upped his levels and today he was absolutely sensational.
“The energy, he was like: ‘I want to win this game, I’m going to drag us out of this situation’.
“He was absolutely everywhere. He can see pictures, passes before they’re even there. To float out to the channels, so technical. Arsenal need to do everything they can to keep him next season and build the attack around him.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Odegaard really was sensational yesterday.
He had 95 touches of the ball and made 71 passes at a stunning 93% accuracy. The Norwegian also registered four key passes and completed every one of his dribble attempts. He won six out of his eight attempted ground duels as well, which makes him the complete package. (Sofascore)
As Scott said, Arsenal should do everything they possibly can to retain his services. He is still only 22 and he will only get better in the years to come, which really is scary considering that he is already levels above most of the attacking midfielders in the Premier League.