“You can see from Mikel Arteta’s point of view, he’s almost his manager on the pitch. It might be one where, he’s there for the future, he’s a fantastic player, good type of guy as well. It’s a masterstroke from Arteta.”
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes Odegaard has proved people wrong since his arrival from Real Madrid last summer. Smith has backed the midfielder to be central to Arsenal’s success in the coming years.
He said: “I don’t think there’s many players like him around. You compare him to someone like Christian Eriksen.