Martin Odegaard was once again shone in Arsenal 3-3 draw with West Ham United on Sunday, as on-loaned Real Madrid playmaker brought quality, composure and an ‘incredible’ work-rate to Mikel Arteta’s side.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder helped inspired the Gunners’ remarkable fightback against local rivals West Ham United at the London stadium, as the homeside took a 3-0 lead before Mikel Arteta’s side came back to draw the game.
Martin Odegaard pre-assists:— AfcVIP⁴⁹ (@VipArsenal) March 22, 2021
1 vs Leicester City
2 vs Benfica
1 vs Olympiacos
2 vs West Ham (would've been 3 if that wasn't Soucek OG)
What official stats won't show you. Vital in Arsenal build up. pic.twitter.com/yZX75tPyNr
Odegaard, who starting eye-catching performances in over Olympiacos and north London derby win over Spur, continued to his impressive run in a dramatic 3-3 at West Ham, playing a part in all three of his side’s goals.
The Norwegian star was Arsenal’s saviour on Sunday and while the winner never quite came, it was only thanks to him that they were in that position at all after the disorganized opening half-hour during which they essentially gave the homeside a three-goal head start.
Martin Odegaard vs West Ham:— Kopp 🇫🇷 (@KoppLPRM) March 21, 2021
4 chances created
93% pass accuracy
6/8 duels won
2/3 long pass completed
1/3 shot on target
4/4 dribbles completed
6/8 ground duels won
MVP of the match
What a player. 🇳🇴🔝💯 pic.twitter.com/p9oIOGfnhi
That destructive opening spell was just the latest reminder of Gunners’ capacity for self-destruction, but at least in Odegaard, a January loan signing from Real Madrid, they have a player capable of inflicting similar levels of destruction at the right end of the pitch.
Everything went through him on Sunday and that moment of skill and composure in first-half stoppage time when he eluded four homeside players in the space of a few seconds, was just one example of his quality in Mikel Arteta’s team.
By the end, he had created more chances and completed more dribbles than anyone else on the pitch, also completed four key passes – more than any other Arsenal player. There were 60 passes in West Ham’s half in total and 16 into their box – the second-highest total by any Arsenal player in any game all season.
It was Odegaard’s best performance since his arrival at Arsenal but he has shone from the start, his importance to the side growing from one game to the next, scoring opener long-range effort against Olympiacos and follow up with equasiler in 2-1 win over Spur.