Matthew Upson has been left amazed by Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard during the first half of the Premier League clash against Brighton on Sunday (17 December).
The Gunners made a strong start and Bukayo Saka nearly gave an early lead inside the opening minute, when he was cleverly put through on goal by Odegaard.
Brighton gradually came back into the game and it became a close contest from there on. Arsenal kept piling pressure and created some fantastic chances towards the end.
The best chance probably fell to Gabriel Martinelli who couldn’t hit the target from close range after a brilliant interchange of passing involving Odegaard and Saka.
Upson, who works as a pundit for BBC 5 Radio, was co-commenting the game on Premier League World Feed (17 December) and was impressed with Odegaard’s clever bit of skill that nearly created the opening goal in the 1st minute of the game.
Odegaard chipped the ball in the path of Saka, and Upson hailed it as “unbelievable” and “real quality”.
“How clever was that? Unbelievable. Martin Odegaard. Little bit of skill, the little lift over Milner. Real quality from Odegaard,” said Upson.
Odegaard was outstanding
The Gunners skipper was brilliant during the game, and he produced another superb pass in the 31st minute that created arguably the best chance of the first half so far.
Brighton, as we expect from them, are composed at the back, and they have maintained a proper defensive shape.
In the 38th minute, Odegaard produced another sublime pass to Gabriel Martinelli, forcing a save from Bart Verbruggen at his near post. Kai Havertz attempted to score from close range but his follow-up shot was blocked.
Overall, the Gunners have created better chances and they have looked more likely to score. Odegaard and Saka have been very influential so far, but Brighton will fancy their chances as long as it remains 0-0 on board.
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