Martin Odegaard’s assist against Brighton in the Premier League yesterday was captured from the perfect angle and makes the assist even better.
The Arsenal captain has been in excellent form this season as the Gunners are currently top of the Premier League table at the turn of the new year.
Yesterday’s 4-2 win over Brighton was another example of their title credentials and Odegaard was once again key for his side with his creativity and industry in midfield for Mikel Arteta’s side .
But his assist for Gabriel Martinelli’s goal was outstanding and proves time and time again how good he is.
Odegard, 24, starred in the win over West Ham on Boxing Day and added another assist here to take his tally to five in 15 games so far this season.
His assist for the Brazilian yesterday was a powerful first-time ball that rolled beautifully between the Brighton backline and provided Martinelli with a superb ball to drive home.
Still with plenty to do, he held off the challenge of the ultra-fast Tariq Lamptey to finish off Robin Sanchez to make it 4-1 at the time.
The assist was perfectly timed as Brighton looked to turn things around with a late flurry, but Odegaard’s assist helped kill the game and move seven points clear of Manchester City. Definitely worth another look.
His seven league goals were primarily from midfield, as was his midfield chemistry with Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey.
This £35m signing is looking more and more like a bargain as the games go on.
It seems Odegaard has finally realized his full potential, some nine years after joining Real Madrid as a coveted 15-year-old.
Arteta told Arsenal’s official website in his post-match interview: “He’s doing what we want him to do – to decide football matches and work very hard and give the team what they need in these moments that are different.
“The front four scored again today, that’s great news. Eddy [Nketiah] Bucayo scores again [Saka], Martinelli and in critical moments as well. That’s what we want, for these players to decide football matches when the team needs it and that’s what they do.”
Next up is a huge game at home to Newcastle, who themselves are looking to continue upending the odds to stay in the top four, before a trip to face Tottenham on January 15.