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Sagna defends Arsenal midfielder, Odegaard


Former Arsenal Defender, Bacary Sagna has defended the club’s captain Martin Odegaard after he was criticized for his recent display for the Gunners.

Sagna also believes the Norway international will overcome his underwhelming start to have a ‘huge impact this season’.

Odegaard was one of Arsenal’s best players in the Premier League last season as he netted 15 goals and registered eight assists for Mikel Arteta.

However, he was recently criticized by former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit over his display.

Petit had described Odegaard’s performance in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea as ‘his worst in an Arsenal shirt’.

But Sagna believes it is normal that the former Real Madrid star is not playing his best football at the moment.

“This is the problem with football. Players will always be criticised and people will always have opinions [on players],” Sagna told Genting Casino.

“It is human nature to question why a player that has performed so brilliantly is not doing so well at any given moment, but if you looked at Odegaard’s last 100 games for Arsenal, you could say that in 95 of them, he has been amazing.

“It is possible for a player to have a few bad games. At the moment, Odegaard isn’t playing his best football, but that is normal.

“Look at what he has done throughout his time wearing the shirt. It is crazy to be critical of Odegaard without considering his body of work when playing for Arsenal.”

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