Talent must be accommodated. Nourish it. Offer the time and space for it to flourish and end up being effective. This is how Mikel Arteta has understood it regarding Martin Odegaard, to whom he has supplied minutes, confidence, and to whom he has also handed over the captain’s armband for his team, Arsenal. A responsibility that the Norwegian had already acquired in his national team does not come as a surprise. Despite his 23 years. She has seven in the foreground. At 16 he signed for Real Madrid, and although he left signs of his quality, he never settled at the Santiago Bernabéu.
He trained in two assignments in the Dutch league, defending the colors of Heerenveen and Vitesse to later return to the Spanish league. Back on loan, Odegaard led Real Sociedad to their first Copa del Rey in 34 years. He distributed game and assists. Three during the cup competition, the same number of goals with which he helped the San Sebastian team reach the final. One of those goals, by the way, was scored at the Bernabéu to eliminate the whites in the quarterfinals.
Without raising my voice, growing progressively. After his time at Real Sociedad he returned to Real Madrid, but Mikel Arteta knocked on the white door six months later. The Arsenal coach took Odegaard. First on loan, and signing him last year. Such has been the development of the Norwegian, who for this season assumed the role of captain of the London team. The leader of a talented and ambitious squad. Young, but with the necessary maturity to take games forward like the one over the weekend against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Where the captain was capital. He is the leader of the leader of the Premier League.
Skilful in touch, capable in construction, generous in pressing and effective near the opposing goal. Odegaard has found himself at the Emirates Stadium. T-shirt gunner It is the one that he has dressed the most times, and with which he has achieved the most goals. 15 in 79 games. Six of them in this league season. The last two were worth to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, and to extend their advantage at the top of the table. Arsenal leads Manchester City by five points, and that will be the case until the day of the boxing dayon December 26. Mikel Arteta’s team points out ways, something that Martin Odegaard has always done since he stood out as a teenager.
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