Arsenal recorded a resounding away win over a well-organised Sevilla side and are top of their Champions League group with six points from three matches, but for the Norwegian captain, things are not going smoothly.
Martin Odegaard was criticized in the British media after his performance in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea at the weekend, in which he was substituted by Kai Havertz with around 20 minutes remaining.
At Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizchuan, the same thing happened, again without the 24-year-old making his mark on the game.
The Norwegian player only touched 29 balls throughout the match, and did not provide any basic passes.
– He was part of Arsenal’s midfield that did the job against Sevilla, even if he wasn’t at his best, as TV 2’s Espen Wynn commented during the player’s dramatic exit from the field.
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Arsenal fans scratched their heads and put forward several conspiracy theories when Gabriel Martinelli was not included in the squad for the first Champions League match of the season against PSV Eindhoven.
Arteta later revealed that the Brazilian suffered a hamstring injury. The same injury also ruled him out of the second match against Lens, and a debut in the prestigious European tournament would have to wait for the 22-year-old.
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Against Sevilla, he was finally going to get his chance, and he really cared about it.
Linfingen stopped Sevilla’s centre-backs, who have a combined age of 68, and was very cold when he dribbled past Orjan Nyland and sent the ball into the open goal.
Gabriel Jesus doubled the lead in the second half when he elegantly dribbled past Jesus Navas and curled the ball so it hit the right crossbar – ungrateful to Orjan Nyland.
– What a result! Wayne exclaimed: In his third consecutive Champions League match, he scored for Arsenal.
Twelve minutes before the end, the great player of the day was forced to leave the field. He grabbed the back of his thigh as he walked off the field and received medical treatment on the sideline.
Nemanja Godelli reduced the gap for Sevilla and caused tension in the match when he headed a corner kick from Ivan Rakitic, but Mikel Arteta’s men were able to overcome the pressure from the Spaniards in the end.
In stoppage time, David Raya made a mistake when he misjudged a cross, but the ball went just over the crossbar.
Thus, Arsenal leads Group B with six points. Lens is five points behind, while Sevilla and Eindhoven have only two points after three matches.
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