One genius Reddit user has been keeping Arsenal fans tide over until the start of the 2023-24 season by posting one sumptuous Martin Odegaard pass every day.
Last season, Arsenal turned a major corner to become a serious force in English football once again. Odegaard’s creativity from midfield was a major reason behind Mikel Arteta’s Gunners qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in seven years.
Pre-season is now underway and anticipation is building ahead of the new campaign, particularly after the club-record signing of Declan Rice and the ambitious approach to the summer transfer window.
But little will whet the appetite for competitive football returning quite like a reminder of what a special player Odegaard is on his day.
“I was hoping that he could show the talent that he has. His attitude, his willingness to learn and his application are always incredible,” Arteta said of the club captain midway through their surprise title charge last season.
“And when you have those ingredients normally good things happen and Martin is in a really good moment. He is defining games, he is having a different kind of presence on the pitch and I really like what he is doing.”
Surprisingly enough, Arteta still believes that Odegaard can get even better – and even specified his passing as one of the areas in which he might develop.
“He can be much better,” the Arsenal boss continued. “I think physically he can still improve in many areas. The way he can drive with the ball and eliminate people more, his crossing and his passing range can still be better.
“Defensively he is improving every single time. And that mentality to go on the pitch and win the game and have that mentality every three days to go and do that. He is still someone who has come from a very specific development process and now he is at a place where he is a very important player.
“He is our captain and can still develop a lot.”
Now, Arteta knows much more about football than us, but when you see some of the ridiculous passes that Odegaard has pulled off in an Arsenal shirt, it’s difficult to imagine him being any better.
Here are a few of our favourites but check out his profile for the full list.