Martin Odegaard emerges as a key leader at Arsenal, boasting impressive stats in their Premier League campaign.
- Martin Odegaard has emerged as a key leader and top-scoring midfielder at Arsenal, with a record 15 goals this season.
- Odegaard’s scoring prowess has exceeded expectations, with his actual goals surpassing the ‘Expected Goals’ metric.
- Odegaard also stands as the tenth highest assister in the Premier League, contributing to 22 of Arsenal’s 83 goals this season.
In his quest for a leadership role, Martin Odegaard left Real Madrid and embarked on a journey to North London. The Norwegian international has not only found his footing at Arsenal but has also blossomed into that leader, a captain, and a linchpin for Mikel Arteta’s side as they vie for the Premier League title.
Odegaard’s impact at the Emirates has been nothing short of remarkable.
The midfielder is currently leading the Premier League’s scoring charts for his position, having netted an impressive 15 goals. This sees him outpacing the likes of James Maddison, Alexis Mac Allister, and Phil Foden, who, despite often playing in more advanced roles, trail behind Odegaard.
This season marks a significant milestone for Odegaard, recording his highest-scoring professional season to date. His previous bests, eight goals with Vitesse in 2018-2019, and seven with Arsenal in the 2021-2022 season, have been emphatically eclipsed.
However, it’s not just his goal-scoring prowess that has caught the eye, but also his ability to outperform statistical expectations.
Odegaard’s ‘Expected Goals’ metric, which gauges the likelihood of a shot finding the back of the net based on various parameters, stands at 8.97.
Yet, the midfielder has far exceeded this, demonstrating his knack for scoring from challenging positions, such as his recent goal against Newcastle United.
Beyond his goal-scoring feats, Odegaard’s creativity hasn’t gone unnoticed either. He ranks 10th in the Premier League for assists, having set up seven goals for his teammates.
This means the Norwegian star has directly contributed to over a quarter of Arsenal’s 83 league goals this season.
With such an astounding season under his belt, Martin Odegaard’s name is undoubtedly among the contenders for the best player in the competition.
As Arsenal continue their title chase, the Gunners will be banking on their Norwegian captain to lead the way, both on and off the pitch.