With Martin Odegaard having finally completed his move to Arsenal, let’s take a look at the players who are likely to benefit from the acquisition.
The Norwegian plays anywhere behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation or as an auxiliary number eight, making him an incredibly versatile option for Mikel Arteta for the second half of the season. With that in mind, he would benefit a number of players in the first XI when given the opportunities.
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The first and foremost beneficiary would be Alexandre Lacazette, who would link-up well with the Norway international. His playmaking ability means he can provide quick passes into the Frenchman’s feet or in behind defences, creating goalscoring chances for the 29-year-old.
Secondly, he would benefit the full-backs, who in the first half of the campaign were getting little to not defensive help from the wide players as the Gunners struggled to contain attacks. Odegaard’s work-rate and ability to win the ball high up the pitch would help stop quick counter-attacks, which were usually a constant last year, e.g. like versus Tottenham Hotspur.
Thirdly, and most definitely the most important set of people who will benefit from the introduction of the youngster would be the central midfield pairing. Odegaard’s ability to play as a number eight will be greatly welcomed as it adds it would make the formation far more fluid as the ace can drop in to assist the likes of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.
Odegaard’s signing was a smart one given how flexible he proves to be. His versatility is a bonus that can help affect many members of the starting XI as the club look to recover from a nightmare first half of the season.