What Martin Odegaard did to Gabriel Martinelli in Arsenal training ahead of Leicester clash

Martin Odegaard is a player in great shape.

Not just on the pitch for Arsenal after three strong performances in a row against Brentford, Wolves and Watford, but also in training, as shown ahead of Sunday’s game against Leicester City.

The attacking midfielder is likely to start again as Mikel Arteta’s side look to secure five straight Premier League wins in the day’s late kick-off and maintain control of the top four.

After going on the scoresheet against Watford last weekend, Odegaard can get closer to hitting double goals if he finds a way past Kasper Schmeichel in the Foxes goal.

Ahead of the match at Emirates Stadium, the Norway international alongside Alexandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey was put through their paces at the club’s training base at London Colney.

And perhaps the biggest takeaway from the session was that Odegaard was full of tricks and flicks.

From an inventive pass to Partey despite pressure from Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli and Albert Sambi Lokonga – who let out a cry of ‘I love Martin’ – to nonchalantly kicking the ball with his heel, the 23-year-old was certainly at the top of his game.

But the one moment that impressed one fan, in particular, came at around 2.03 minutes in Arsenal’s ‘Behind the scenes in training’ video uploaded to YouTube.

As Elneny played an opening pass to Odegaard, the playmaker produced his trademark dummy to allow the ball to run for Saka and prevent Martinelli from regaining possession for his side.

David Langat certainly enjoyed this moment of brilliance after he commented: “2:04 Odegaard with his trademark dummy.”



Martin Odegaard produced his trademark dummy in Arsenal training to stop Gabriel Martinelli winning the ball. (Image: Arsenal Media/YouTube)

It was Odegaard’s effortless style of play that also caught the eye of a certain Ian Wright.

“We also have to mention Odegaard, did you see Odegaard for that first goal? The backheel he made going in and then finishing. Odegaard’s man, he’s floating on the pitch right now, he’s floating on the ‘grass,’ the Arsenal legend said on the Wrighty’s House podcast.

“Everything you see the way Saka is playing, Martinelli’s finishing, the way Odegaard is playing. It’s happening, there’s a vibe and they’re starting to believe.”

Meanwhile, Odegaard has revealed his impressive performances over the past few weeks were down to him feeling more settled than ever after leaving Real Madrid for good last summer.

“Yes, definitely,” he told PA news agency via BT Sport. “I feel like home now. I’ve had time to settle down – in the last five years I’ve been everywhere with loans here and there.

“So I feel like I finally have that stability and calm that I needed. So I’m really happy, yeah.”

Evelyn C. Tobin