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Mikel Arteta makes “Lionel Messi level” claim over Martin Odegaard

Mikel Arteta makes "Lionel Messi level" claim over Martin Odegaard

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Mikel Arteta has talked about Arsenal newcomer Martin Odegaard and made a claim over the youngster reaching “Lionel Messi level.”

The 22-year-old moved to north London on loan from Real Madrid until the summer.

When speaking in his pre-match press conference, Arteta was asked whether Odegaard can reach Messi’s level, to which he replied:

“I wouldn’t even suggest anyone could get close to [Messi] because it’s a lost battle, in my opinion.

“Martin is Martin and I think in the last few seasons he’s progressed and developed in the right way. He’s a such a talent.

“He needs the right environment, he needs a little bit of time but I think he’s got the qualities to be a success for us.”

Arsenal are set to play on Saturday, as they will face Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.


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