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Arsenal: Odegaard labelled ‘poor’ by Charles Watts

Arsenal: Odegaard labelled 'poor' by Charles Watts - Arsenal News’s Arsenal correspondent, Charles Watts, has given his assessment of Martin Odegaard’s ‘poor’ performance this weekend.

The Lowdown: Anonymous showing

Arsenal’s latest Premier League clash ended in defeat thanks to a goal from Everton’s James Tarkowski, with Odegaard failing to make a telling impression in the game, registering zero tackles and blocks while making one interception.

In 19 league appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side, the Norwegian has scored eight goals and produced eight assists in the 2022/23 campaign.

This weekend’s blank was the first time the 24-year-old failed to pick up a goal contribution since the Gunners’ home clash against Newcastle United in January.

The Latest: Odegaard slammed

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Watts was left disappointed by the Arsenal man’s performance, as it was the first time in a while he’d played so badly.

Handing him a 5/10 rating, he stated: “Odegaard, I thought was poor, took a real big whack in the first half, he was limping, clearly wasn’t happy.

“I don’t know if he was playing with an injury after that, but he just wasn’t on it today.

“He’s been so good for so long now, but this was a disappointing performance from him.”

The Verdict: One of those days

We believe that it was just one of those poor days at the office as far as Odegaard is concerned, it proves that he’s only human.

The midfielder has had a fantastic season and has been at the heart of the goals for the Gunners in the 2022/23 campaign.

Jamie Redknapp labelled the Norwegian as ‘influential’ within the current Arsenal side when speaking to Sky Sports (via The Daily Mail).

In our view, Odegaard has been one of the star performers in the Premier League so far and his poor showing at Goodison Park doesn’t change that.

He’s certainly suffered setbacks in the past, but we back him to hit his stride once again following the 1-0 defeat.

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