Ian Wright lavishes praise on Martin Odegaard and Calum Chambers after Arsenal’s thrilling draw with West Ham

Odegaard pulled the strings in midfield for the Gunners
Odegaard pulled the strings in midfield for the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)

Ian Wright heaped praise on Martin Odegaard and Calum Chambers for their performances in Arsenal’s thrilling 3-3 draw with West Ham on Sunday.

After going 3-0 down within 32 minutes through goals from Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek, the Gunners fought back to earn a point at the London Stadium.

Chambers, who only recently recovered from a serious knee injury which kept him out for a year, played a key part in two of Arsenal’s goals with his excellent service from right-back.

Chambers also impressed at right-back
Chambers also impressed at right-back (Picture: Getty Images)

Real Madrid loanee Odegaard was also bright, and Gunners legend urged his former side to make his loan deal from the Spanish club permanent in the summer.

‘In the first 35 minutes, Arsenal were nowhere near it and it was testament to West Ham that they did punish them,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.

‘But in the end, the character that they [Arsenal] showed was magnificent, Chambers, Martin Odegaard is somebody that they need to make sure they make that signing if they can. Because he really did come to the fore today. 

‘What you want to see from him [Odegaard] is a player that has got unbelievable potential and ability and you want to see him in a game like that where he’s going to be in the meat and bones of the game where he’s got to pick the ball up and does what he does.

‘He wants the ball and plays it, he’s very efficient with it. He done it in a game where Arsenal needed it. 

‘Like we saw on so many occasions he chose the right pass, fantastic today. He was magnificent.’

On Chambers, Wright added: ‘We’re talking about somebody who’s not long come back from an ACL and that is tough to come back from that kind of injury, he’s been working hard. 

‘What’s great about Mikel Arteta is that he will give you a chance, he’s given him a chance. The Burnley game he was brilliant, same thing with this game he’s come in, he’s staking a claim. 

‘That’s what Arsenal need, they need that kind of player in the backup position who will come in and do a job like that, brilliant today.’

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