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What Arteta made of Odegaard and Ramsdale

Arsenal fans were treated to their first sight of Aaron Ramsdale in a Gunners shirt at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday - plus a reunion with Martin Odegaard.

Both summer signings started as we swept into round three of the Carabao Cup with a 6-0 win at The Hawthorns. The duo impressed - Ramsdale kept a clean sheet and Odegaard set up Bukayo Saka’s goal with a sublime backheel.

“That's what he can do,” Mikel Arteta told Arsenal Media after the game, when asked about Odegaard’s assist. “He's really comfortable in those areas. He loves drifting into that right-side pocket, coming deep and he needs freedom to play.

“He needs players around him to follow and understand him because the moment he has time on the ball he's a real threat.

“He glides players together. He attracts players. He's really confident on the ball. He can take the ball anywhere on the pitch and he gives us that continuity. I think tonight he was really good."

Arteta also liked what he saw from Ramsdale.

“I think it was a really strong debut. You can see his personality, he's comfortable on the ball and I'm really glad for him.”

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