Six years later, on a magical evening at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal defeated PSV (4-0) on their return to the Champions League. Arteta’s men are already a fearsome team and are under his command. There is one player who stands out from the rest. The MVP Odegaard.
The former Real Madrid player is the leader of the team. the footballer with whom “Gunners” football began and with whom it ends. Not only does he play a crucial role in development, but he is one of the most dangerous players in the world from three quarters of the field.
He’s been proving that for some time, but on his “new debut” in Europe’s top competition he was voted player of the game thanks to his great performance. 1 goal and 1 assist, plus direct involvement in another It was these achievements that also qualified him for the award as the best player of the week in Europe.
He took part 73 times, He covered 12.7 kilometers! He completed 91% of his passes, including 11 in three-quarters of the field and four more in the penalty area. He also recovered two balls. He was omnipresent in all attacking actions and sealed the victory with a cross shot from outside the penalty area.
Madrid didn’t know how to see it
He did not make his debut in the Champions League last Wednesday. The Norwegian had already played Champions League games with Real Madrid. Specifically, two in the 2020 group stage under Zidane, both as starters. But he only added 11 total with the first White team, who didn’t know how to evaluate him at the time.
Although it is true that he was very young, The maturity he shows at 24 years old makes him a beacon for Arsenal and Arteta’s extra time on the pitch.
Some will think they got a good sum for his transfer, around €35 million. But is that so? Now he is an absolutely essential and non-transferable player for one of the teams that wants to win the Premier League and who knows if the Champions League too. From time to time.