By Kevin Campbell

16th Dec, 2021 | 8:40am

Arsenal idol salutes 'brilliant' Odegaard as Arteta secret revealed

Kevin Campbell has heaped praise on the “brilliant” Martin Odegaard after Arsenal beat West Ham last night.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Highbury favourite said the 22-year-old is “vital” to Mikel Arteta’s side because of his goals and ability to retain possession.

Odegaard started on Wednesday night as the Gunners won 2-0 over West Ham thanks to goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe.

The Norway international scored in each of Arsenal’s previous three Premier League fixtures going into the clash.

As quoted by Football.London (11 December), Arteta revealed how he’s been “encouraging” Odegaard to get in the box more where he can be “a matchwinner”.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Odegaard’s form, Campbell said: “Wow, he’s been brilliant of late.

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“The way he knits the midfield together is vital. He is a continuity player. He is very efficient in what he does.

“When you start adding goals to your game on a regular basis as well, wow, it makes a difference. He got three goals in three games prior to last night. That’s so important because we need the midfield to chip in. It is a real positive.

“I have been impressed with Odegaard. He has played well even when the team hasn’t at times.

“If he can get between 5 and 10 goals this season, I’d take that. You have to remember this is his first full season in the Premier League.

“I’m very happy with him at the moment. I think he’s doing a great job.”

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