‘Exceptional’, ‘Class’: Some Arsenal fans rave about £36m star after Sunderland display

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A selection of Arsenal fans on Twitter were impressed with Martin Odegaard’s performance against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

The Norwegian has been a regular starter over the past few weeks. He has made key goal contributions, and continued the good run of form yesterday.

Odegaard controlled the proceedings with a 90 percent pass success rate, and was highly efficient with his long-range distribution on the night.

The playmaker capped his performance with a superb through ball behind the defence for Nicolas Pepe, who assisted Eddie Nketiah’s hat-trick goal.

Some Arsenal fans on Twitter were delighted with the showing of the £36m-rated star.

Odegaard showed glimpses of his quality on loan earlier this year. He made a slow start after signing a permanent deal, but he has now found form and confidence.

The Norwegian has three goals and one assist to his name this month. He has also created several key chances for his teammates, and has been influential in the final third.

His excellent form has meant that Smith Rowe has been left on the bench in recent league games. Mikel Arteta may have to find a different solution for the club graduate to start.

With Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka also excelling in the wide attacking roles, Arteta may need to play Odegaard in central midfield to fit Smith Rowe, which seems unlikely to happen.

The Gunners secured their place in the last four of the Carabao Cup with a resounding 5-1 win over Sunderland. Eddie Nketiah was the stand-out performer with a maiden career hat-trick.

Nicolas Pepe also chipped in with one goal and two assists. Despite the impressive showing from the duo, Arteta is likely to revert to his regular starters for the Boxing Day Premier League clash.

The Gunners are currently placed in the fourth position in the league standings. They will be eyeing a fourth successive top-flight win when they face Norwich City at Carrow Road on December 26.

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