Martin Odegaard, the Norwegian midfielder who recently signed an extended contract with Arsenal, has been causing a growing concern for manager Mikel Arteta. While Odegaard was rightly rewarded for his excellent performance after taking on the captain’s role, his recent struggles are raising questions within the club.
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Last month, Odegaard said he would play for Arsenal until 2028. Fans were happy and made up a song for him. Last year, he played really well and scored lots of goals. It helped Arsenal try to win the championship and Mikel Arteta was pleased.
This year, Arsenal is doing okay, but they’re not scoring as much as before. We’re not sure if Odegaard is the problem or if something else is wrong. It is a big question for Mikel Arteta.
Looking at the numbers, Odegaard scored three goals this year, but two of them were from penalties. Last year, he didn’t take any penalties. He’s also not making as many good chances for his friends this year. He only made two in nine games, but last year, it was more often.
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Odegaard only helped a teammate score one time this year in nine games. Last year, he did it more often, about every five games. There might be a few reasons for his drop in form, and some of them are not his fault it was being noticed by Mikel Arteta.
This year, Arsenal changed the way they play with new players like Declan Rice and Kai Havertz. Also, some of the best attackers like Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli got hurt, so Odegaard can’t give them good passes.
The coach, Mikel Arteta, must be worried because Odegaard hasn’t been great in important games against teams like Tottenham, Manchester City, and Chelsea. Arsenal’s success depends a lot on Odegaard playing well, and they need him to be amazing if they want to win the championship next year. Mikel Arteta and the fans hope Odegaard can do that.
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