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‘We have a big player willing to become the best’

Martin Odegaard celebrates scoring against Southampton at Emirates Stadium
Martin Odegaard celebrates scoring against Southampton at Emirates Stadium

Having worked with David Silva during his time at Manchester City, Mikel Arteta knows a thing or two about midfield creators.

But, having claimed six goal involvements in his last six games, how does Martin Odegaard compare to the Spaniard?

“That's a big name,” Arteta said. “My opinion is David is the best I've seen playing between the lines for the last 20 years. 

“Martin has got a tremendous quality and the capacity to unlock situations and put players through to generate open spaces in tight areas. 

“I’m really happy [with him] and now he's improving in his goal threat as well so we have a big player there that is very willing to become one of the best, but it's still very early.”

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