“Kevin de Bruyne sees it, Odegaard sees it” Merson heaps praise on Arsenal midfielder

Paul Merson has heaped praise on Martin Odegaard after his superb performance for Arsenal against Brighton yesterday.

The Norwegian was the star man as Arsenal beat Brighton in a  decent win, having scored and provided at least one assist.

The midfielder made arguably the best pass of the season to Gabriel Martinelli to send the Brazilian on his way to score his goal in the 4-2 victory.

He had created another chance by nutmegging a Brighton player in the first half of the game and continued to use his trickery to unsettle the Seagulls.

After the game, Merson said via The Daily Mail

‘When you talk about people seeing pictures, Martin Odegaard knows what he is doing before this ball comes he knows what he’s doing and Martinelli knows what he is doing and he’s away. He is running with pace full pelt with the ball.

‘That is Ronnie O’Sullivan in football, he’s looking at the pots and that is what Martin Odegaard. A lot of people don’t see that pass, he is probably the only player on the pitch who sees that.

‘Kevin de Bruyne sees it, Odegaard sees it but I don’t think any other player in the Premier League sees it open up.’

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Odegaard was the star of the show in the win against Brighton and he deserves all the praise he is getting now from pundits and fans.

The midfielder has been a key contributor to our success this season and he will be vital if we win the league or any trophy this season.

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6 Comments

  1. Merse is so right. Odegaard’s vision and execution was magical. Very few could see that pass and Odegaard’s penalty box nutmeg against Brighton was magic. Odegaard has become World Class, and is better this season than De Bruyne.

  2. Arsenal can now goes on and win the title, the match against Brighton is a massive test in many respects.
    And we pass it with a more than average grade in my opinion.

    Mental Test
    1) We pass the mental test with the citizens and Newcastle our nearest rival playing first with both each getting a point.
    2) The pre game talk from Haaland laying down the gauntlet how much he’s sharp and ready to go.
    3)Pep Guardiola mind games that Arsenal could be out of sight.
    4) Brighten coach Robert De Zerbi trying to create distractions about our potential target winning Ballon Or .
    5) Brighton a known ground where historically results are not favorable.
    Indeed last weekend was one where our mental strength was tested severely.

    Mature Performance
    The game plan is use against Brighton was the first of it’s kind a saw use by us since the season started.
    It was a very control, patient and managed performance from Arsenal.
    The performance even brought a meticulous approach from our captain, the pass to Martinelli is only made by a certain Ozil in his hay days or one Xabi Alonso from Liverpool in the peak of his career.

    Paul Merson wrong about Odegaard
    Paul Merson couldn’t see why Arsenal went back and sign Odegaard, he overlooked the kid may had needed a little bedding period as this league has more intensity, apparently he had not done his home work.
    Had he done some check he would have realized Real Madrid ensure Odegaard was not sold in Spain as a direct result of his performance at Real Sociedad.

    I can see Odegaard even getting better as the gaffer manages to add two or three quality players.

  3. Brighton is the yard stick… It measures all aspects of other EPL teams. Arsenal passed that test albeit not without hitches. The open play approach saved Arsenal the day, but it could have been so disastrous had Martinelli missed to score that vital goal.

    The positive we as Arsenal family can derive is the fact that any of our players has the freedom and attitude to score. There’s no target man lest we be chocked when the target man is blocked by the opposing team.

    It’s just but a start to classy football.
    Oh welcome yee NAY SAYERS. LONDON IS RED.

  4. The goal Saliba conceded shouldn’t have been but Brighton’s 3 goal should have stood…4-2 is right for me…..we allowed them to come at us and took them on the counter….Ødegaard MOTM

    1. Apparently Saliba turned down our new contract offer… we extended the year deal along with Sakas but he may be looking at this PSG move back home! I’d be very disappointed if he was sold in the summer as he only has a year on his deal left. If he does leave won’t be for alot of money either

  5. Odegard is a world class teenage player who is going places. The game against Brighton is a game that can go either way because Brighton has not been easy team to beat this season. Let us wait for Newcastle this evening and see we go about it. But I’m sure the gooners knows what as stake concerning retaining first spot and start this year with a win

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