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‘He grew’: Thierry Henry says 24-year-old the ‘main man’ at Arsenal alongside Bukayo Saka


Thierry Henry says Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard is the ‘main man’ at Arsenal alongside Bukayo Saka.

It has been some rise for Martin Odegaard, who as a fresh-faced teenager and highly-rated wonderkid, found himself on the doorstep of world football’s biggest club, Real Madrid.

That was a career and character-building experience for the 24-year-old, with Thierry Henry admitting that the move to Spain was ‘kind of early’.

But he now thinks that the Norway star has grown and, alongside Bukayo Saka, he feels the quick-thinking playmaker is the ‘main man’ for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, as he told CBS Sports on Paramount+ (20/09/23 at 10:35 pm).

On Wednesday night, Martin Odegaard stood tall as Arsenal ripped apart PSV 4-0 in the Champions League to mark their return against the elite in fine style.

It’s yet another sign that this crop of players are just growing and growing, with Henry sharing his thoughts on Odegaard.

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Odegaard the ‘main man’ with Saka

“He grew,” said Henry. “I remember when he went to Real Madrid, it was kind of early, then he went on loan to a couple of teams.

“And now, you have to give him credit, he is the main man at Arsenal, alongside Bukayo Saka. He has been magnificent.”

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Odegaard – one of Europe’s best midfield players

Nobody can doubt what the 24-year-old is producing on the Premier League stage because it is of high, high quality.

But the Champions League is a step up and this is Odegaard’s chance to elevate his game even further.

Throughout his footballing life, from the age of 16, he has been used to nothing but big, big pressure.

Well, wearing the captain’s armband for Arsenal, where the expectation is clear and that’s winning either the Premier League title or the European Cup, is asking the biggest question of his career now.

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