Retired Arteta’s Skills Surprise Arsenal’s Odegaard
Even after retiring from playing in 2016, Mikel Arteta retains his finesse, as seen when he surprised Arsenal star Martin Odegaard during a training session.
Arsenal stands on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage if they secure a victory against Lens on Wednesday night.
This stage has eluded Arsenal since 2017, marking a momentous occasion for fans who have waited years, having endured disappointments in even reaching the group stage.
Mikel Arteta nutmegs Martin Odegaard in training 😭 pic.twitter.com/d6YIn47kaF
— GOAL (@goal) November 28, 2023
Their strong performance of three wins in four matches positions them well for progression to the last 16, as they make their final preparations.
Arteta’s significant influence on the team was evident as he actively participated in a passing drill captured by cameras on Tuesday. During this session, Arteta craftily outmaneuvered Odegaard, surprising the captain with a nutmeg move before playfully celebrating the moment.
Although the Arsenal skipper showcased his prowess in their opening 4-0 victory against PSV Eindhoven, he missed subsequent games against Sevilla. Nonetheless, Odegaard returned to action during their recent Premier League win against Brentford, where Arsenal secured a late victory and claimed the top spot.
A win at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday would extend their winning streak to four matches, propelling them to 12 points in Group B.
Securing a spot in the Champions League last 16 beckons for Arsenal, signaling their ambition to vie for their inaugural championship title in the tournament.