Arsenal tipped to start Odegaard v Leeds United amid Smith-Rowe claim
Kevin Campbell has backed Arsenal to hand Martin Odegaard his full debut against Leeds United – and claimed he could join fellow playmaker Emile Smith-Rowe in attack.
The former Gunners and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 22-year-old is deserving of more minutes after an “exciting” cameo at Aston Villa last weekend.
The attacking midfielder completed 92 per cent of his attempted passes in a 25-minute appearance at Aston Villa on Saturday. (Wyscout)
However, he could not prevent Arsenal from suffering a 1-0 loss – their second consecutive league defeat.
Arsenal welcome Leeds United to the Emirates on Sunday and Campbell has suggested Odegaard be brought into the starting eleven.
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“You would like to think that Odegaard will get a start,” he told Football Insider.
“Emile Smith-Rowe has played a lot of football of late and Odegaard looked exciting against Aston Villa.
“Will Arteta tinker with the system a little bit to get them both in there? Or, will he give Odegaard some more minutes. The young lad deserves it.
“I think he will start or at the very least get a half against Leeds on Sunday.”
Speaking shortly after Odegaard’s arrival, Arteta said: “I’ve been really impressed. He’s a such a talent.
“He needs the right environment, he needs a little bit of time but I think he’s got the qualities to be a success for us.”