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Arteta - How Odegaard improves us as a team

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard has made a really positive impact since his arrival on loan from Real Madrid in January - and he scored his first goal in Athens on Thursday night.

It was not only his stunning 25-yard strike that caught the eye, but Alsop the way he knits together the midfield and attack, something Mikel Arteta is delighted to see.

"He helps us to do the processes much better," our manager told Arsenal.com. "He helps us as a team because he gives us a lot of continuity on the ball.

"He's really intelligent to find the spaces, he attracts a lot of opponents. We ask him to score goals, to arrive in the box.

"Today, he scored a brilliant goal and his contribution was really important for the team."

It was not only Odegaard that Arteta was pleased with, and he heaped praise on Willian who claimed his seventh assist of the campaign - more than any other Arsenal player.

"I think he was really good again tonight," Arteta said. "I wanted to give him some continuity because he deserves it. He's training really well.

"Another assist and then Elneny, he's been practising those shots from outside the box with Roundy and today he got his rewards. I'm really happy with the subs as well, the way they came on."

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