Following Martin Ødegaard closely since his early days in his native Drammen and the club Stromsgodset, no one are surprised that he today is a player close to becoming a key man for a club that has produced a grand number of legends.
Players such as Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry did arrive from other prominent clubs such as Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus. They all build their iconic status while at Highbury and with Arsenal. This was down to Arsene Wenger and his special eye for talent that he could develope and take to the next step, and when they all arrived they had a bit of work to do as their status was far from being a legend.
Mikel Arteta has been under pressure despite bringing home a trophy allready in his short period in charge, winning the 2020 FA Cup. He looks as if he has managed to pinpoint the ereas that needed to be strengthened with Ramsdale, White and Ødegaard all players that now looks to have settled a place in the starting eleven.Embed from Getty Images
Martin Ødegaard made his dream move to Real Madrid six years ago at the age of 15, and during the years before signing a permanent deal with Arsenal moving around on loan. Herenveen, Vitesse, Real Sociedad and Arsenal all took him on loan as he has impressed on all those arenas.
Arsenal did get a push in the right direction last season with Martin Ødegaards arrival and to see Mikel Arteta siging him on a four year deal for a fee with the total value of €40 million. A key for Martin Ødegaard is to play and be of great importance to his team, he is not a piano carrier but the one that would love to play it all the time.
His eye for a killer pass and also ability to score makes him very special with that born ability to see differet options and solutions other would probably not think about, and he is also a grand role model with perspectives in life that made Ståle Solbakken naming him captain of Norway as they drew 1-1 with Holland and are in the race to reach the 2022 World Cup finals.Embed from Getty Images
Getting game time and being a player to count at Arsenal will also work wonders for the national team as they are heavily depending on Ødegaard and as captain he will of course be a key in the future and to see him doing so well for Arsenal is a key to progress also in the national team.
Still only 22 year of age and to have allready played 33 full internationals makes him a runner for the record of caps, currently holder is John Arne Riise, with 110.
Arsenal do have a number of very interesting youngsters has allready parted company with a lot of old foxes and the transition looks interesting. Fans of Arsenal are not really used to struggle as they demand progress, trophies and a run for top four positions in the Premier League.
The key for Martin Ødegaard now is to stay injury free, be able to play his own game and be given the trust and belief that he can do this massive job in a role that fits him perfectly.Embed from Getty Images
Martin Ødegard will most certainly be looking forward to the next battle in Premier League coming up on the 2nd of October against Brighton, hopefully be winning that game and go on to represent Norway in internationalsv. Turkey and Montenegro. Hopefully he can guide his team through those games with at least four points, then it would be a good theory to think of Norway as a contender next year in Qatar.
Mikel Arteta looks as if he has found a base to work from and to see themselves as 3-1 winners against Spurs this weekend must have been a great relief for the team, but also for a manager that has been pushed to the limit by journalists and fans as they all where in heavy doubts, after the Spurs game fortunes might have changed again.
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