Mikel Arteta highly talked about youngster forward Martin Odegaard ahead of his side’s Europa League clash against Olympiacos at Emirates.
On loan, Odegaard joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in January and has shown a phenomenal work rate. Initially, he took time to adapt to Gunner’s style of play but has turned to be a goal machine against Olympiacos and Tottenham Hotspur.
According to Arteta, the Norwegian is ‘getting better and better. He also highlighted the attacker’s work rate as ‘phenomenal’ and added he has room for improvement.
“He is getting better and better. I think his understanding of what we want is excellent,” Arteta said
“His work rate has been phenomenal and then he’s doing something that, in my opinion, could improve a lot which is getting in the opponents’ box and maybe being more decisive in the scoreline,” he added.
“He is doing that with the two goals and he’s had some really important entries into the zones and he looks all the time really dangerous. If he adds that to his game, he becomes a real complete player,” he concluded.
Arteta wants to keep the on-loan Norwegian on a temporary or permanent deal next season. Meanwhile, the gunners’ Manager has insisted that the tie is still on and must be careful against Olympiacos.
Arteta also pointed at the strong spirit and the several games Olympiacos have won in the last minutes. He said that they believe in their team and they will try to pressure the Gunners.
Despite the tie not over, Arteta hinted at making changes to over opportunity to those who do not feature regularly.
“It’s a good time for everybody. It’s a really important game for us.
Arteta said, “Nothing has been decided. There’s still a lot to play for and we know it’s going to be tough.”
“Everybody has to be ready because we have the opportunity to make changes, we have five substitutions and we will decide what is the best team to try to beat them,” he added.