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'Boom!': Gilberto Silva compares Arsenal midfielder to Roberto Carlos

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Arsenal Invincible Gilberto Silva spoke on The Invisible Wall show about his former side’s brilliant display against Olympiacos in the first leg last week.

Apart from our customary error to gift our opponent a goal, we were really impressive. We scored three excellent goals and Mikel Arteta is sitting pretty with a two-goal advantage and three away goals in the bank ahead of this evening’s return leg.

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Gabriel’s incredible header and Mohamed Elneny’s screamer got all the attention as it happened later in the game, but Martin Odegaard’s stunner to open the scoring deserves more praise than it has got.

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Gilberto has paid a huge compliment to Odegaard’s strike. He has compared it to Real Madrid and Brazil legend Roberto Carlos’ screamers from back in the day when he was banging in long-range strikes for fun.

He said: “It was a great win, 3-1 away from home in the Europa League. It was a great goal from Odegaard as well. It was like Roberto Carlos, you know, boom. Come on, it looks like Roberto Carlos from outside the box. A great goal.

“The fact is they had a performance I expected for a long time. They dominated the game as we used to watch Arsenal many times doing this. Individual performances were very good as well, especially from Odegaard.”

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Arsenal Insider’s view:

Odegaard is really proving to be an excellent addition.

The Norwegian has scored in each of our last two games and his overall performances have been outstanding as well.

Mikel Arteta has been raving about Odegaard in recent weeks. There is no doubt that if it was up to the Arsenal boss, he would sign him on a permanent deal immediately, but it’s not that easy.

Even if Real Madrid agree to sell him, they will demand a lot of money. Arsenal can only afford a mammoth fee if we get into the Champions League, and we are a long way off achieving that at the moment.

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