Odegaard does not start

The Norwegian did not play a minute in the defeat against Wolverhampton (2-1) and only has seven in two games. Smith Rowe remains ahead of the rotation.


This season, Martin Odegaard lives in a constant process of adaptation. First, he had to do it at Real Madrid where, after six months, he failed to convince Zidane. Now, start from scratch at Arsenal. In your first week you still haven't found your site. The Norwegian has only 7 minutes in his first two games. All of them played in the tie at the Emirates Stadium against Manchester United (0-0). Last Tuesday, in the defeat against Wolverhampton (2-1), Mikel Arteta did not count on him.

It can be understood that the Basque coach wanted to protect him. The Gunners' game got complicated after Daviz Luiz was sent off just before half-time, and it got even tougher with Bernd Leno's second half. He was forced to remove a forward (Lacazette) to put in a central (Gabriel) and a midfielder (Thomas) to enter a goalkeeper (Rúnarsson). He only made an offensive change, betting on Aubameyang to look for attacks in speed. Pepé was the one sacrificed.

The one that he kept during the 90's was Smith Rowe. The 20-year-old midfielder, one of the sensations of the Premier League this season, is being a fundamental piece for Arteta. He has played 72% of the minutes in the league and is Odegaard's main rival for the position. For the moment, the Englishman prevails, although the coach's idea is to end up making a hole for the player on loan from Real Madrid.

Arsenal face a very intense month of February. After playing Aston Villa and Leeds, he will have four tough games. He will play the two Europa League round of 32 matches against Benfica. Between the two, he will receive the current leader, Guardiola's Manchester City. Finally, the month will end with a visit to the always difficult Leicester, a direct rival to enter Europe.

The next few days will be key to speeding up Odegaard's adaptation. While you will need minutes of competition to get into the high rhythm of English football, you will first need to do it on your own team. Arteta wants to be patient, but, at the same time, he needs to get it up to speed as soon as possible to fight for the goal: to play the Champions League next year.

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