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Arteta sends a message to fans criticizing Odegaard for loss to Man City

Martin Odegaard received a lot of criticism after Arsenal lost to Manchester City 4-1 away from home and Mikel Arteta has now sent a message to those that did that.

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( Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard / Photo via Getty )

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has come out in defense of his captain Martin Odegaard, following criticism the Norwegian midfielder received after the Gunners’ 4-1 loss to Manchester City. Speaking to  Sky Sports, Arteta praised Odegaard’s contribution to the team this season, stating that he has been “exceptional” and deserves a lot of credit.

Martin Odegaard has scored 14 league goals this season and provided seven assists, helping Arsenal climb up to second place on the Premier League table with 78 points after 34 games.

Despite their impressive form, Arsenal are still closely following Manchester City in the title race. The reigning champions currently sit at the top of the table with 79 points and have one game in hand over their rivals.

The criticism of Odegaard came after Arsenal’s defeat to City, which saw them concede four goals in a single game. However, Arteta was quick to defend his captain, stating that no player is perfect and that Odegaard’s contributions this season have been invaluable.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 02: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal takes a drink during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on May 02, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“What I can say is that he’s been exceptional for us. The perfect player that plays perfect football every time doesn’t exist, but what Martin has done this season deserves a lot of credit.” said Arteta.

It is not uncommon for players to face criticism when their team suffers a defeat or a poor performance. However, it is important to remember that football is a team sport and no individual can be solely responsible for a win or loss.

Odegaard’s performances this season have been crucial in Arsenal’s push for a top-four finish and potentially even the Premier League title. His ability to create chances and score goals from midfield has been vital for Arteta’s side.

As the season draws to a close, every point will be crucial for both Arsenal and Manchester City. It is important for players like Odegaard to continue performing at their best if they want to help their team achieve success.

In conclusion, Mikel Arteta’s defense of Martin Odegaard shows the importance of supporting players, especially during times of criticism. Odegaard’s contributions this season have been invaluable to Arsenal’s success and he will undoubtedly play a crucial role in their remaining fixtures.

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