Arsenal hero Michael Thomas rates Martin Odegaard and makes Kieran Tierney prediction

Thomas has been impressed by the Real Madrid loanee
Thomas has been impressed by the Real Madrid loanee (Picture: Getty Images)

Michael Thomas says Martin Odegaard has been ‘great’ on his loan spell at Arsenal and believes the best is still yet to come from Kieran Tierney.

Odegaard, 22, made the January switch to the Emirates from Real Madrid on loan until the end of the season in search of more regular playing time.

The Norway international has been used frequently by Mikel Arteta and impressed so far with two goals in 10 appearances across all competitions, including a vital equaliser in last weekend’s north London derby win over rivals Spurs.

Tierney has excelled for the Gunners this season
Tierney has excelled for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty Images)

And former Gunners midfielder Thomas feels Odegaard has had a positive impact on Mikel Arteta’s side since his arrival in north London.

‘Odegaard has been great,’ Thomas told CaughtOffside. ‘He works extremely hard for the team and links the play between the lines.

‘He can alternate with the wide men and looks to have a great understanding of the game at such an early age.’

Thomas is also a big admirer of Tierney, who has been one of Arsenal’s standout performers this season, and feels there is much more to come from the left-back in the future.

‘Kieran Tierney is certainly one of my favourites in the current squad,’ he added.

‘He plays with such passion for the game and really understands what it means to fight for a shirt.

‘What makes it better is the engine and ability he has going forwards and backwards.

‘I’d put him in the top 3 left-backs in the league and I don’t think you’ve seen anywhere near his best yet.’

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