Arteta affords worrying replace for Arsenal on Odegaard damage
Mikel Arteta said the current evidence suggests Martin Odegaard may have missed the next or second game for Arsenal due to injury. This is a worrying update following the team’s poor performance against Slavia Prague.
Mark Mann-Bryans from the sports department of the press association was looking for an update on the impressive loaner from Real Madrid after the Gunners’ 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League that evening.
Odegaard has been stellar for the Gunners since being loaned out in the January transfer window, becoming the secondary player the club loaned from Los Blancos after Dani Ceballos.
The Norwegian playmaker made 13 appearances for the Gunners in the Premier League and Europa League, scored two goals and posed a consistent creative threat to the north London team.
Odegaard was out of today’s duel and Arteta has admitted that it looks like the 22-year-old will be out for the next game or two, but there’s no concrete diagnosis yet.
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The current indications are that Martin Odegaard will miss out on Arsenal’s next games in a relevant update for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners… pic.twitter.com/qUFO7SrNb1
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“We don’t know, he couldn’t play today, I think he’ll be out for the next game or two but we don’t know yet.”
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That’s the worst news Arsenal could be hit with after repeating such a sloppy performance against Slavia how much spark the borrower is providing to the team.
The Gunners will now miss the star for the Premier League game against Sheffield United, but especially for the crucial second leg against the Prague team next week.
Given Arsenal’s position as a top division midfielder, winning the Europa League is the only option to return to the Champions League after years.
That is difficult enough as teams like Manchester United, Roma and Villarreal are still in European second club competition before these tough games came about, even though they would have to beat Slavia in the first place, which is a cheap draw that they have tougher on their own made.
To sum up, the return leg against the Czech Republican side is now the biggest of the season, but they can put up with the fact that one of their best players has been sidelined for it since January.