Mikel Arteta raves over Martin Odegaard as Alexandre Lacazette makes Arsenal claim


Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Monday, March 22.

Arteta’s rave Odegaard review

Mikel Arteta has raved over the performance of Martin Odegaard in Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with West Ham United.

The Real Madrid loanee impressed again in midfield and Arteta has spoken about his impact, which helped the Gunners come back from three goals down at the London Stadium.

“Yeah I think he had an incredible performance. 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.”

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Player ratings

Arsenal writer Kaya Kaynak rated the Gunners players after the draw with West Ham. Here’s a taster.

Bernd Leno: Hideously at fault for the second goal as Jarrod Bowen’s easily saveable shot was allowed to slip underneath him. Couldn’t do much for the other goals but a hideously poor error nonetheless. 4.

Calum Chambers: Supposedly brought into the side for his defensive ability, Calum Chambers was Arsenal’s best offensive player on the day. Two assists were the reward for the England international who got forward constantly down the right and played several eye of the needle forward passes when the Gunners were chasing. 8.

David Luiz: An abysmal display from Luiz whose lack of intensity in pressing Michail Antonio in the build up to the first goal was symptomatic of Arsenal’s poor start. Also beaten in the air too easily for the third. The question now has to be what has Rob Holding done wrong to find himself almost permanently out of the team behind the Brazilian? 4.

Pablo Mari: Normally so composed at the back the Spaniard looked rattled today. Shaky on the ball and not strong enough in the air it was a day to forget for Mari who surely has cemented himself as second choice to Gabriel with this display. 5.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Thomas Partey of Arsenal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on March 21, 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 Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Partey put in a steady display in midfield

Kieran Tierney: Didn’t do enough to stop the frequency with which West Ham were getting crosses in early on in the match. Attacked with his usual aggression in the second half and made amends for his first half defensive display with a tremendous block from Bowen. 6.

Thomas Partey: The Ghanaian is clearly an excellent defensive midfielder who can pick a fantastic pass. One thing he cannot do however, is shoot from distance. 6.

Read the full ratings here

Lacazette’s honest admission

Alexandre Lacazette admits he and his teammates let their manager down despite coming back to draw 3-3 against West Ham United.

“My feeling is mixed between being proud of my team for coming back in the second-half and being disappointed with the first-half,” he told Sky Sports after the game.

“We didn’t respect the game-plan from the coach and we conceded three goals. This is not what we wanted.”

Speaking about his goal and the own goal he forced out of Tomas Soucek, Lacazette added: “I think the first goal is mine. That’s not nice. The second goal, the third goal in the second-half, we came back for the draw.”





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