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Mikel Arteta has compared Martin Odegaard to Manchester City’s legend David Silva ahead of the Saturday clash.
Arteta has worked with Silva during his time at City and he knows a lot about midfield creators.
Speaking in his pre-match interview, the Arsenal boss has been asked about the two players’ comparison to which he responded.
“That’s a big name,” Arteta said.
“My opinion is David is the best I’ve seen playing between the lines for the last 20 years.
“Martin has got a tremendous quality and the capacity to unlock situations and put players through to generate open spaces in tight areas.
“I’m really happy [with him] and now he’s improving in his goal threat as well so we have a big player there that is very willing to become one of the best, but it’s still very early.”
On Saturday, January 1 the Gunners are set to host Pep Guardiola’s team at Emirates Stadium in Premier League.