‘He’s floating on the pitch at the moment’ – Ian Wright praises in-form Arsenal star

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has praised Gunners midfielder Martin Odegaard for his recent impressive performances. He was particularly brilliant in his side’s 3-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road last weekend. Odegaard scored Arsenal’s first goal and also played a key role in setting up his third.

Odegaard joined Arsenal on a six-month loan from Real Madrid in January 2021. The 23-year-old was impressive but has been criticized for his lack of performance – two goals and two assists in 20 appearances.

Manager Mikel Arteta, however, was impressed enough to sign him from Real Madrid for €35million last summer. The youngster has grown by leaps and bounds this season, becoming a first-team regular. Wright praised the midfielder, remarking on his podcast, as quoted by HITC:

“We also have to mention Odegaard; did you see Odegaard for that first goal? The backheel he made going in and then finishing. Odegaard man, he’s floating on the pitch right now, he’s floating on the grass.”

He continued:

“Everything you see the way Saka is playing, Martinelli’s finishing, the way Odegaard is playing. It’s happening, there’s a vibe, and they’re starting to believe.”

Odegaard has scored five goals and provided four assists in 27 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners this season. The Norwegian has forged a formidable bond with Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette in attack.

Arsenal must continue to progress to keep their young talents

Watford v Arsenal - Premier League
Watford v Arsenal – Premier League

The Gunners currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, one point ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, but are three games behind. This is largely due to the performances of their young talents.

Saka has eight goals and four assists in 29 games, while Smith Rowe has ten goals in 25 games this season. Gabriel Martinelli has scored five goals and provided three assists in 24 appearances. Marksman Aaron Ramsdale is widely regarded as one of the signings of the season, keeping 11 clean sheets in the Premier League.

These performances caught the attention of Europe’s top clubs. It is worth noting that talented players like Cesc Fabregas, Ashley Cole and Samir Nasri left the Emirates to boost their silverware chances. This is something Arteta would seek to avoid.

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The Gunners need to qualify for next season’s Champions League and start fighting for trophies to keep hold of their current youth talent.

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