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Martin Odegaard ‘important’ to Arsenal’s Premier League title chase

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Mikel Arteta believes Martin Odegaard’s willpower to keep away from final season’s late hunch is taking part in a key function in Arsenal‘s try to win the Premier League title.

The Gunners returned to high spot on Wednesday evening with a snug 2-0 win over Luton City at Emirates Stadium as captain Odegaard scored his tenth aim of the season earlier than Daiki Hashioka scored an personal aim beneath strain from Reiss Nelson.

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Arteta made 5 adjustments to his beginning lineup as Bukayo Saka missed out by means of damage and Declan Rice, Gabriel Jesus, Jorginho and Jakub Kiwior dropped to the bench, however Odegaard’s management got here to the fore as Arsenal prolonged their unbeaten home run to 10 matches in 2024.

The Arsenal coach stated Odegaard’s want to proper the wrongs of final season — when Arsenal led the desk in April solely to complete second behind Manchester Metropolis as they gained simply three of their last 9 matches – was serving to drive his workforce ahead.

“Yeah lots. He is made enormous steps there,” Arteta stated. “His presence, the best way he behaves himself in entrance of the group and the requirements that he units are excellent. He is received a whole lot of gamers to help him and lots to observe him.

“He is a very vital participant. We wanted that stability. As nicely the chemistry that sure gamers have as a result of that is how they prepare and the way we construct these connections and relationships. Martin is important to attach every part in the best way we play.”

Arteta confirmed Saka missed out on account of a hamstring damage, which pressured the winger out of Sunday’s draw at Metropolis in the course of the second half, however he may return when Arsenal journey to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday night.

“He was shut [to playing against Luton], however he felt one thing in a really related space towards Metropolis and it was a really brief turnaround,” added Arteta. “Hopefully he’ll have the ability to prepare tomorrow and be obtainable for the weekend.”

After the weekend, Arsenal return to Champions League play the place they face Bayern Munich in a scintillating quarterfinal tie beginning on April 9.