The best ways to use Martin Odegaard

Written by Edward Pitt

January 22, 2021

Where Odegaard fits into the Arsenal starting 11

Arsenal fans are rightfully extremely excited about the addition of Odegaard from Real Madrid, even if it is on a short term loan. It got us wondering, where does Arteta intend on playing him?

We are assuming that Real Madrid are only letting him leave, subject to him being guaranteed regular football at the Emirates. Something which I’m sure Arsenal have likely assured Real Madrid of. As such, where does he come into Arteta’s plans? Will he take Smith Rowe’s starting spot? Will he be operated out from the right? And crucially, is there any way we can have ESR, Saka and the new Norwegian playmaker in the starting lineup together.

Option 1: The Likely Option

In all likelihood, Odegaard would likely be rotated with Smith Rowe to at least partially diminish the burden on our Croydon De Bruyne. And I think this is a really important option to have. As good as Smith Rowe has been, he has almost been too good. Insofar as we are in danger of becoming reliant on him. If he burns out or picks up a knock, we do not have another true playmaker in the squad. Furthermore, despite playing in similar positions, they bring something very different to the team. Smith Rowe moves the ball on very quickly, opting to use as few touches as possible to keep our play quickly. This is perfect in matches that become a little bit stretched and are a bit more back and forth. In the games where a team decides to put all 11 players behind the ball, we might need someone like Odegaard who holds on to the ball for a bit longer but is always looking for a killer pass to break that kind of team down.

Option 2: Odegaard on the right?

Odegaard has also played on the right hand side before, and it might be that he will do so for Arsenal. In a similar style to Ziyech of Chelsea, I can see him potentially causing oppositions real problems when cutting in on that left foot. It is also an option that would see Smith Rowe keep his spot in the side. Whilst it would be fun to see this option exercised every now and then, there is one major concern I have with it. Saka BELONGS on the right. Saka was demonstrating for Arsenal that he was very comfortable on the left, but with Tierney playing so well at LB I do not think we need them both. They would both be looking to do the same thing; get to the byline and cross. They may end up just getting in each other’s way. Besides, Saka has looked so outrageously dangerous on that right hand side, for the most part he has to keep that spot.

Option 3: The Future

It has been well documented that Arsenal do not have an ‘option to buy’ clause in this agreement with Real Madrid. However, reports suggest that if Zidane does decide to sell in the summer, Arsenal would be afforded a first refusal. Meaning that, if every falls into place we may have Odegaard on the books for more than just 6 months. Therefore, ideally we will need a way to cram in all of our best young talent. This one has Martinelli up top, Odegaard behind him with Smith Rowe moved over to the left. However, what I want to see is whether Saka, Odegaard and Smith Rowe can do what Sanchez, Ozil and Ramsey were doing a few seasons ago. When we had possession, none of their positions were really fixed. They all rotated around each other and were constantly occupying different positions. If these 3 can develop that kind of free-roaming connection, with Martinelli running in behind, we could be looking at a very dangerous attack for a number of years to come



Related Articles

Arteta keen to bring Wilshere back to Arsenal!

Arteta keen to bring Wilshere back to Arsenal!

A couple of weeks ago, Jack Wilshere did a reveal-all interview with The Athletic in which he shed some light on the difficulties he had been giving away from football. Desperate for a club to sign with or even train with, Wilshere now appears likely to return to...

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich: Player Ratings

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich: Player Ratings

Arsenal squeezed out their first win of the season at home to Norwich yesterday. However, despite dominating the game, we only managed to score one rather scruffy goal, courtesy of Aubameyang. Not that this matters in terms of getting us off bottom of the league, but...



  1. I have been seeking this info for a long time. Almost 2 hours of online finding, fortunately I saw it in your website. I wonder why Alexa never show this sort of useful websites in the top of the list. Generally the top search engine results are full of garbages. Maybe it is time to change to other search engine.

  2. Well I really liked reading it. This post offered by you is very helpful for accurate planning.

  3. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to like your site and preserve checking for brand spanking new information from feed RSS :-).

  4. My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was entirely right. This post truly made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  5. There is apparently a lot to realize about this. I suppose you made certain good points in features also.

  6. Najcenniejszych rzeczy w zyciu nie nabywa sie za pieniadze.

  7. This is a fascinating post by the way. I am going to go ahead and save this article for my sister to read later on tonight. Keep up the superior work.

  8. I cant find how to subscribe to the comments via feedburner. I want to keep abrest of this, how do I do that?

  9. Very good written story. It will be beneficial to anyone who utilizes it, as well as me. Keep up the good work looking forward to more posts.

  10. Overall, is especially designed to cater to all your needs as much as we cant escape the fact that became guilty by association.

Stay Up to Date With The Latest News & Updates


ATSN is not an official partner of Arsenal, Premier League, or any other related organization.

Sign up for our newsletter

Receive a weekly newsletter with the most recent developments and important updates

Follow Us

Get our most recent updates and articles by following us on social media.