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'It's about him': Martin Keown makes baffling claim about £110,000-a-week Arsenal star

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Arsenal icon Martin Keown criticised Martin Odegaard on BT Sport for having the wrong attitude after what happened last night.

The Norwegian started the game poorly but scored an absolute banger to give us the lead. He went from strength to strength after his goal and the stats show that he had a fine game against the Greek champions last night.

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In his 82 minutes on the pitch, Odegaard had 79 touches of the ball, completed 90% of his passes, registered four key passes and completed 100% of his dribbles. He won six of his seven attempted duels, registered two tackles and two interceptions in what was a truly excellent display. (SofaScore)

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Odegaard faced the media after the game where he heaped praise on the team’s character for bouncing back after conceding a silly goal.

Keown, for some strange reason, felt that a player talking about his team’s spirit and not just about himself was the wrong thing to do.

Keown: Odegaard should talk more about himself

He said on BT Sport’s live coverage of the game: “I think he’s a really interesting player for Arteta. When I listen to him it’s what I see on the pitch.

“He talks about the team a lot, doesn’t really talk about himself. The spotlight has been on him since he was a 16-year-old kid who went to Real Madrid. Maybe he should be a little bit more willing to talk about himself. It’s about him now.”

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“He talks about being frightened of making mistakes. That’s the wrong attitude.

“You’ve got to love it. You’ve got to play with freedom. Be free in your mind and Wenger used to say ‘just relax and play. Play what’s on.’ And I think there’s something there under the bonnet.

“We saw a glimpse of that with that strike. That is a top drawer effort he’s hit there. But there are other mistakes in the game and just needs confidence. I think he’s been in a difficult situation, it’s an interesting signing. I’m not even sure he’s going to play at the weekend because Smith Rowe is fit.”

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Arsenal Insider’s view:

Criticising a player for not talking about himself is truly a weird one, even for Keown.

Odegaard should not pay any attention to what people say about him. Yes, he didn’t have the best of starts to the game last night, but he scored a hugely important goal, and his performance after that incredible strike was almost flawless.

Arsenal fans should stop comparing Odegaard and Smith Rowe. Arteta has already shown that he can use both of them in the same team, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them start together against a Tottenham side who will park all sorts of buses in the derby on Sunday.

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