Why Martin Odegaard is missing from Arsenal’s squad to face Liverpool


Why Martin Odegaard is missing from Arsenal’s squad to face Liverpool, and what it means for NLD

 

An explanation for the absence of star midfielder Martin Odegaard from Arsenal’s squad to face Liverpool this evening has been provided.

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Mikel Arteta’s men are of course set to return to action in short order.

After seeing Chelsea oust fierce rivals Tottenham in the competition’s other semi-final on Wednesday, the Gunners have made the trip to Anfield, for a Carabao Cup meeting with Liverpool.

The clash, rescheduled owing to a Covid-19 ‘outbreak’ in Jurgen Klopp’s squad last week, will see Arsenal head into proceedings eyeing a bounce-back performance, and result alike.

This comes after Arteta’s under-manned troops were ousted from English football’s either high-profile cup competition – the FA Cup – this past weekend, on the back of a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

Why Martin Odegaard is missing from Arsenal’s squad to face Liverpool, and what it means for NLD

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal reacts after missing a chance during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on January 9, 2022 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

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In turn, news that midfield metronome Granit Xhaka had returned to the matchday fold on Thursday evening was no doubt met with widespread approval on the part of the Arsenal faithful.

Whilst one option in the middle of the park marks his comeback, however, another misses out:

The player in question? As showcased above, Martin Odegaard.

Midfield string-puller Odegaard has of course been in stellar form of late, enjoying his most productive stretch since the Norwegian’s arrival from Real Madrid was made permanent in the summer.

In a hefty blow to all associated with Arsenal, though, it has since been confirmed that Odegaard has returned a positive test for Covid-19.

The 23-year-old therefore misses out not only tonight, but also, in all likelihood, in the Gunners’ North London Derby showdown with Tottenham in the Premier League this coming Sunday.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Southampton FC 20 -6 24
12 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
13 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
14 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 20 -36 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6





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