Premier league news Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith-Rowe can play in the same Arsenal team Last spor news
MetiNews.Com - The numbers suggest that while Odegaard is similar to Smith-Rowe, he also possesses his own unique qualities
Breaking News ! Arsenal appear set to announce the loan signature of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid this week, with Mikel Arteta looking to bolster his attack for the second half of the campaign. Odegaard is almost certain to help the ability of the Gunners to offer a threat, but some are concerned about whether his integration will hinder the growth of Emile Smith-Rowe. The Arsenal academy prospect has made a real impression since Arteta began presenting him with regular starts, but Odegaard is a similar type of player and the duo could end up battling for one spot in the team. Ahead of the Norwegian's arrival at the Emirates, let's take a look at how the two compare based on the league minutes they have amassed on the field since the beginning of last season. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Smith-Rowe has represented Arsenal and Huddersfield, while Odegaard has sported the jerseys of Madrid and Real Sociedad. The two do appear similar in a number of departments, with Smith-Rowe very slightly less inclined to score, but marginally more inclined to generate an assist. The pair shoot with exactly the same frequency, averaging roughly 1.7 attempts on goal per 90, with Smith-Rowe more likely to shoot from healthy locations in and around the penalty spot according to Expected Goals per shot. Read More Related Articles Martin Odegaard has exactly what Mikel Arteta needs to fix his attacking problems at Arsenal Read More Related Articles Arsenal sent Emile Smith Rowe warning with Martin Odegaard set to complete move Odegaard has averaged 2.1 key passes per 90, though, with those defined as passes that directly lead to shots, whereas Smith-Rowe typically posts 1.6 per 90. Per Statsbomb's shot-creating actions metric - which covers the two offensive actions directly leading to a shot, such as passes, dribbles and drawing fouls - Odegaard averages four per 90, whereas Smith-Rowe posts 2.9, which is still strong but isn't quite to the level of the Norwegian international. The Madrid talent also finds the penalty box and the final third with passes twice as frequently, having demonstrated a more prominent ability to move his team up the field through the thirds of the pitch. Across the board, Odegaard seems to be the more progressive performer; he possesses a natural skill when it comes to bringing the ball forward by passing and carrying into valuable spaces.
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It is possible that Arteta is securing Odegaard not only as another offensive option in an attacking position, but as a player who can perform in the middle of the park when he's surrounded by a functional system. Ultimately, the Arsenal man delivers goals and assists more often based on the evidence at hand, but Odegaard makes up for his production numbers by contributing significantly to ball advancement. The duo could be in direct competition in the coming weeks but if Arteta was to field them both at the same time, the Gunners could return to their fluid and incisive former selves as long as the team remained efficient without possession.
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