Mikel Arteta has given his verdict on Martin Odegaard after making his first Arsenal start in the win over Leeds.
The Norwegian, who is spending the rest of the season on loan from Real Madrid, played 78 minutes of the Gunners’ 4-2 win over the Whites.
While he did not register a goal or assist, he was part of the north London side that returned to the Premier League top 10.
And the manager was full of praise for the 22-year-old and his contribution to Arsenal’s win.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Arteta said: “Big credit to him to play his first Premier League start, against Leeds, after not playing a lot of football the last three months.
“Run the way he did, how comfortable and creative he was on the ball, and the personality he showed in the game, it was great.”
The Gunners scored four goals in a game for the first time since January, when they hit West Brom with the same number without conceding.
And the manager was delighted to see the net bulge several times, having scored just nine goals in eight games since then.
Arteta added: ‘It was great and the amount of chances we created and the type of goals that we scored as well, I am really pleased with that.
“The attacking patterns that we had today, the confidence that the team played with against a team that are constantly pressing you to be comfortable to get out of these situations.
“Overall a lot of positives from today.”
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Three of the goals were scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, returning to the starting XI for the first time since January.
On the captain, Arteta said: “He’s been training really good. He wants to get back, he wants to help the team and I could see that this week.
“I had a feeling to put him as a nine today and he’s done the job.
“If you cannot do that and sustain the ball, manipulate the ball to attack certain spaces against a team that is very man-orientated, it is very difficult to create anything.
“You have to be very precise to find the next pass, the next movement and then you can find the openings. If you don’t it becomes very difficult.”
Daily Star also picked out four things that Arteta got right in the thumping defeat of Leeds.
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