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‘Odegaard is not the same player as he was last season’, says former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit

Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit believes captain Martin Odegaard has not been as good as last season.

The 24-year-old Odegaard scored 15 goals in the Premier League and was named in the Team of the Season. He also was nominated for the Premier League Player of the Season award.

Arsenal’s captain has scored three goals in the Premier League after 13 matches and has been struggling with injuries.

In an interview with Lord Ping, Emmanuel Petit said Odegaard hasn’t been the same player that he was last season. Petit also admitted he is concerned that players’ tiredness may cost them in the title race.

Petit said: “My main worry is players burning out by not getting enough rest because that has cost Arsenal over the last couple of seasons; they’ve lost some really important players to injury. I think the same thing has happened a little bit this season. Odegaard is not the same player as he was last season at the moment. He looks a bit sloppy in everything that he is doing, and he looks tired mentally and physically. It’s not easy to play every three days and to also play for your country.

Petit: Some important players look tired

He added: “I’m very worried about Saka. He plays in nearly every single game – I can’t remember the last time he missed a game for Arsenal – and you can see that he isn’t playing at the same level as he did last season. You could argue that Arsenal beat Brentford on Saturday because of their team spirit because physically and mentally, Arsenal are not at their best. Some important players look tired, they need to add more quality so they can rotate some of the key players.”

Mikel Arteta’s side will face Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday. They are at the top of the table after 13 matches, one point clear of Manchester City.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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