Arsenal News: Martin Odegaard praises former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil. Martin Odegaard has showered praises on former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil. The Norwegian followed the same path as Mesut Ozil did a few years ago. The youngster moved to Arsenal from Real Madrid in a similar fashion like Ozil did in 2013.
Arsenal were actively looking for a creative midfielder after the disappointing last season. The Gunners were lacking the creative punch after the departure of Mesut Ozil in early 2021. However, the North London club brought Martin on loan during the January transfer window.
Martin Odegaard was highly impressive in the eyes of Mikel Arteta. And Arsenal finally went ahead signing Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid for €35 million during the summer transfer window.
Due to the Norwegian international’s similar playing style like Ozil, he is often compared to the German international. Martin Odegaard certainly does not like to be compared to such a huge personality.
Arsenal News: Martin Odegaard praises Mesut Ozil
While speaking to Stadium Astro, Martin said “I don’t like too much the comparisons. He was one of my favourite players when I was young. I always admired him.”
The 22-year-old further said, “His qualities are amazing so it is nice to hear people say things like that but I don’t think too much about it and I try to be myself and play my own game.”
Mesut Ozil was a whole lot of different player and quality when he arrived from Real Madrid in 2013. The 32-year-old player scored 5 goals and provided 5 assists in his first season in the Premier League. In the presence of Mesut Ozil, Arsenal were playing beautiful attacking football.
The German international played more than 250 matches for the Gunners. In the Premier League alone, he played 184 matches. But Ozil’s work rate was always under questioning and doubt. The then Arsenal manager Unai Emery also criticised the 32-year-old for his work rate. He was also left out of the squad for the majority of the matches under him.
Is Odegaard the right player to fill in Ozil’s vacuum?
A lot of Arsenal fans and other experts and pundits are believing that Martin Odegaard is the right choice as Ozil’s replacement. They are already expecting a lot from the Norway international.
Martin Odegaard was monumental in Arsenal’s better form in the second half of the Premier League last season. The Gunners were struggling to find the creativity before his arrival. However, his arrival opened up Arsenal’s attack and the goals slowly started coming. He was also voted as the player of the month by Arsenal for March.
Though Martin Odegaard does not have as many assists as Ozil had during his early years. But the 22-year-old is slowly gaining momentum. He is making the right runs, the right amount of passes with his vision. Martin is working hard at Arsenal and he will only get better with regular football.
While it is too early for fans and experts to compare Odegaard to Ozil, the former will certainly be a key element in Arteta’s squad. If Martin Odegaard picks up his form in the next few games then Arsenal can have momentum in their pockets for the season.
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