Martin Odegaard suggests Mikel Arteta has taken Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal advice

Mikel Arteta has been learning on the job at Arsenal during his first managerial role.

Despite his experiences working with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, it has been a new challenge for the Spaniard whilst cutting his teeth in management.

But he has gradually made progress with the Gunners – and it appears he may now have taken the next step with Martin Odegaard.

The playmaker, signed on loan from Real Madrid in January, has impressed in his first two starts for the Gunners and brought a new dimension to the side.

His crisp passing helped the Gunners put four past Leeds at the weekend before their draw with Benfica in the Europa League.

And Odegaard's role as a playmaking No.10 suggests Arteta may have taken the advice of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

During a tough run for his former club back in December, Wenger discussed the need to "compromise" with more creative players.

"You have two ways to see a football team," Wenger said.

"You get everybody to do the same – the same intensity of work, the same defensive work – or you find a compromise.

"You have a more creative player in the team who can do less defensive work but you build a team around him who can compensate for these deficiencies.

"That is what you have to think about."

Initially, Arteta adopted a rigid system with players well-drilled in their roles on and off the ball.

But after struggling for creativity, there has been a lot more flexibility in attack in recent weeks with Odegaard the latest example.

Whilst he plays his part defensively, he is far from known for his pressing or energy compared to the likes of Willian, initially expected to be Arteta's No.10.

The Norwegian, however, has caught the eye when allowed to focus on getting on the ball and pulling the strings in the final third.

Matters are helped somewhat by Odegaard's understanding of the pressing game Arteta wants to implement and a willingness to direct the press of team-mates around him.

But, ultimately, it is his work on the ball and focus on getting into the right areas rather than worrying about getting caught out in transition that has allowed him to thrive.

"When I talk about leadership, it's how he talks to his team-mates, how he commands the high press and then the personality he shows," Arteta said of Odegaard this week.

"Every time the opponent comes after him, he still shows for the ball in the right areas. His decision making is really good and he's a really intelligent player."

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