Arsenal’s latest award winner proves Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henry were wrong

Martin Odegaard has shortly grow to be a go-to man on the Emirates Stadium – dispelling the varsity of thought that Arsenal are too reliant on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for objectives.

Having joined on mortgage from Spanish giants Real Madrid in the direction of the again finish of the January switch window, the 22-year-old Norway captain has thrived within the Premier League.

Scoring his first two objectives for the membership in essential back-to-back victories towards Olympiakos and arch North London rivals Tottenham, Ogegaard has since been named as Arsenal’s participant of the month for March.

He follows Brazilian defender Gabriel and Bukayo Saka as one in all solely three winners of the prize this season.

And in doing so, the Norwegian playmaker – who is about to return from worldwide responsibility forward of Saturday night time’s crunch assembly with Liverpool (8pm) – has proved two high-profile pundits wrong.

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Rio Ferdinand and Arsenal nice Thierry Henry have beforehand spoken about an over reliance on Aubameyang.

However, the Gunners’ captain solely hit the web as soon as in March as Mikel Arteta’s aspect were capable of decide up optimistic outcomes nonetheless.

Speaking in December, Ferdinand stated: “What’s happening with you lot [Arsenal] over there?

“You’re missing consistency. You’re looking for objectives. There’s not objectives within the group. When Aubameyang does not bang, no one else appears to be stepping up, that is the issue.

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“I like the way in which Arteta is bringing younger gamers in and the younger gamers have been performing, however you want the skilled gamers to pull you thru a scenario like this.

“Aubameyang was scoring objectives, however this exhibits you ways reliant this group is on Aubameyang. If he does not rating, then Arsenal aren’t the identical group.”

Highlighting that perceived situation even earlier than then, shortly after the departure of Unai Emery, document goalscorer Henry stated: “Without the objectives of Aubameyang, I do not know the place we’d have been proper now.

“All I do know is that we’re positively going to overlook his objectives if he does depart. He does rating objectives and, when you take the objectives of Aubameyang away, it is a robust one.”

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