Is there such a thing as a perfect performance? Perhaps, but if we are to see something get as close as what is feasibly possible to it, it might just be Martin Odegaard yesterday evening.
The passing was exceptional as he was able to beat players and spread the ball into the wide areas. There arearguments he shoots too much being discussed amongst fans but two of those efforts led to goals on the night.
The first by forcing a save from Walter Benitez and the second with what is becoming something of a party trick with a low-driven shot from outside the box into the corner. With the North London Derby coming, and Odegaard loving a goal in these games, be afraid Tottenham, be very afraid.
Gabriel Martinelli’s absence certainly wasn’t felt this evening. That’s no slight on him and certainly the compliment to Leandro Trossard whose goal and assist this evening was more than enough to cement his place in the eleven ahead of the derby.
He brings something different to Martinelli that’s for sure. Where the injured wide-man loves to drive toward the byline and find cutbacks, Trossard creates so much through the variety in his game.
There’s criticism of Martinelli that at times he can be too one-dimensional. There’s never going to be that accusation toward Trossard as he spins, runs, finds incisive passes, crossed and shoots from short and long range.
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How can a player who gets a reception quite like that not be called a winner? Not only that but it was his contribution on the left which led to Arsenal’s fourth goal of the evening.
To see the crowd light up as he ran to get ready to come on was like nothing I’d seen to the same degree. WillRead on football.london