Martin Odegaard reacts on Instagram after derby win as Arsenal risk £90million transfer mistake


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Player ratings vs Tottenham

Arsenal made it two wins in the space of three days with a much-needed victory over bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.

Goals in either half from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette secured all three points for Mikel Arteta’s side as they had to come from behind after Erik Lamela broke the deadlock after 33 minutes.

This win was achieved without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he was dropped for a discliplinary issue and remained on the bench for the whole 90 minutes.

As expected, Kieran Tierney scored high in the ratings, as did attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe who was unlucky not to mark his return to the starting XI with a goal.

But how did the rest of the team fare?

Click here for football.london‘s Arsenal player ratings vs Tottenham.

Arteta transcript

The Gunners manager faced the media following the Spurs game and the main talking point from his press conference was about an injury to Bukayo Saka.

Saka was on the receiving end of a few rough challenges from Spurs’ players in the early exchanges so there were some suspicions that this may have been the cause of the substitution rather than a tactical change.

And speaking after the match Arteta confirmed this to be the case.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal is fouled by Sergio Reguilon of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

“No, no it was an injury,” he said when asked to explain the surprise change.

However, the nature of the injury appears to be different than first expected as the Arsenal boss confirmed the problem was muscular rather than a result of one of Tottenham’s hefty tackles.

“We don’t know, he was feeling his hamstring,” Arteta added.

Full transcript .

Arsenal risk £90million transfer mistake

Arsenal made a near-£90million transfer mistake with Serge Gnabry that they will be eager to avoid again as they face a similar situation with Folarin Balogun.

An ill-fated loan with West Bromwich Albion and Tony Pulis, allied with limited first-team opportunities at Arsenal, placed doubts in the German’s mind that a long-term role in the first team would become a reality if he stayed.

As such, Gnabry demanded that he be sold, and with a year remaining on his contract, Arsenal had no choice to agree so they could demand a transfer fee.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - OCTOBER 31: Serge Gnabry of FC Bayern Muenchen looks on during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Koeln and FC Bayern Muenchen at RheinEnergieStadion on October 31, 2020 in Cologne, Germany. Sporting stadiums around Germany remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)
Gnabry joined Arsenal in 2011 full of promise but left for a measly £4.5m fee in 2016

Gnabry was sold to Werder Bremen for around £5million in 2015. Just six years later, he is one of the highest-performing wingers in world football and worth almost 20 times that.

According to a study from the CIES Football Observatory, Gnabry is now worth €103.3m, which equates to just under £90m.

The study takes into account a player’s performance, age, contract length, and future outlook to determine an overall price.

Arsenal are now looking to avoid another young player leaving on the cheap before potentially developing into a world-class star.

Balogun is in the final six months of his contract and could force his way out of the club at the end of the season.

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Odegaard reacts to north London derby win

On his first taste of a north London derby, Martin Odegaard announced himself with his first Premier League goal in Arsenal colours.

It wasn’t the cleanest of strikes as his effort was deflected past Hugo Lloris, but they all count and the Norwegian shared a four-word message on Instagram to delight Gunners fans.

“North London is red!!!!” he wrote underneath a picture of him running off to celebrate.

It is now two goals in three days for the Real Madrid loanee and some Arsenal fans believe he is firmly a Gunner now.

On Reddit, Spoonerism86 said: “Thinking of all the loanees of the last 15 years I’ve never seen anyone integrating into the team so well as Martin.”

Captain Tierney said: “He belongs here.





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