Mikel Arteta revels in ‘incredible’ Martin Odegaard performance in epic Arsenal draw at West Ham

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Mikel Arteta has been very impressed by his loan signing (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta picked out Martin Odegaard for his ‘incredible’ performance in the epic draw against West Ham as the Gunners bounced back from 3-0 down to snatch a point.

It looked set to be a terrible day at the office for Arteta and his side as they conceded goals to Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek within the opening 35 minutes.

However, they were impressive in their fight back, with own goals from Soucek and Craig Dawson keeping their hopes alive before an Alexandre Lacazette header levelled things up.

He may not have got on the score sheet, but it was the display of Odegaard that really caught Arteta’s eye.

The on-loan Real Madrid star has been in fantastic form in recent weeks and Arteta thought he was a driving force behind the memorable comeback against the Hammers.

‘Yeah I think he had an incredible performance,’ Arteta said of the Norwegian star. ‘I think he was very intelligent the way he read the game, the way he affected the game and again he showed how much he wanted to win.

‘When everyone was a little trembling he gave us that stability and that composure on the ball and he created chance after chance.

‘I love talented and creative players who are willing to make things happen. It’s true that Martin is giving us a different level in certain things we didn’t have.’

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Martin Odegaard (Picture: Getty)

The 22-year-old has already made 12 appearances for Arsenal since arriving on loan in January and managed to establish himself as a regular starter in the Premier League.

Talk is now turning to whether Arsenal can make the loan move permanent and keep the talented Norwegian on a permanent deal, although he could prove to be extremely expensive.

After an appalling start to the game, Arsenal were very good in the second half and Arteta admits they cannot afford to be that inconsistent.

‘That is the level we can show; he said of the second half display. ‘We could have scored six or seven goals and won the game, but we cannot have two faces.

‘We stuck to the plan we had because we were getting further away from it. We had the belief we could do something.’

Arsenal moved up to ninth in the Premier League with the point while West Ham stayed fifth.

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