Data reveals the extensive influence of Martin Ødegaard at Arsenal


Revealed: The data behind the influence of Martin Ødegaard as Arsenal continue to rollRevealed: The data behind the influence of Martin Ødegaard as Arsenal continue to roll

Ødegaard key to Arsenal level of performance

Arsenal continue to defy the pre-season critics after the Gunners dispatched a hapless Norwich 5-0 at Carrow Road and secured their fourth win on the spin in the process.

With 14-goals across their last five fixtures in the Premier League, Arsenal currently sits fourth in the table ahead of sides like Manchester United, Tottenham, and West Ham whom many felt before a ball was kicked in anger that the club may struggle to finish ahead after ending up in 8th last term under Mikel Arteta.

But the Spaniard’s young guns have turned up in style in 2021-22, headlined by club leading goalscorer Emile Smith Rowe, star winger Bukayo Saka, and budding Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli; all without the influence of former club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Revealed: The data behind the influence of Martin Ødegaard as Arsenal continue to rollRevealed: The data behind the influence of Martin Ødegaard as Arsenal continue to roll

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates with goalscorer Emile Smith Rowe during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 7, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

However, very quietly, summer signing Martin Ødegaard has made himself indispensable in the Arsenal XI this season and the data behind his displays only proves it further.

Via The Athletic, one key statistic shows that the recent goal glut Arsenal has enjoyed is very much down to the creative spark provided by the Norwegian international after settling to life at the Emirates exceptionally well; his chances created from open play.

Only Manchester City pair Raheem Sterling & Jack Grealish, as well as Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, has created more chances from open play than Ødegaard (~1.9/90min) this season in the Premier League.

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Despite not leading Arsenal in the assist column this season, the free-flowing and penetrative football on display by the Gunners this season has been directly influenced by the former Real Madrid and Strømsgodset IF creator-in-chief, proving Mikel Arteta correct when he viewed Ødegaard as his prime transfer target in the summer.

Revealed: The data behind the influence of Martin Ødegaard as Arsenal continue to rollRevealed: The data behind the influence of Martin Ødegaard as Arsenal continue to roll

Martin Odegaard during the match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad, corresponding to the week 27 of the Liga Santander, played at the Camp Nou Stadium, on 07th March 2020, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ødegaard, who despite failing to build a career in the Spanish capital, established his reputation during credible loan stints at Real Sociedad, SC Heerenveen, and Vitesse Arnhem in a career at the top level that has already spanned 7-years despite still being just 24-years-old.

Revealed: The data behind the influence of Martin Ødegaard as Arsenal continue to rollRevealed: The data behind the influence of Martin Ødegaard as Arsenal continue to roll

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 21: Martin Odegaard of Vitesse during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Vitesse v FC Groningen at the GelreDome on May 21, 2019 in Arnhem Netherlands (Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)

His purchase, along with Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Sambi Lokonga, and Nuno Tavares has constituted a clear and undeniable long-term platform that both Arteta and club technical director Edu Gaspar continue to champion in north London.

If the data behind his influence during the first-full season at Arsenal is anything to go by, Arsenal has finally found a creative replacement for former stars like Mesut Özil and Santi Cazorla.


This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 19 38 47
2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 19 29 41
4 Arsenal FC 19 9 35
5 Tottenham Hotspur 16 2 29
6 West Ham United 18 6 28
7 Manchester United 17 2 28
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 17 -1 23
10 Leicester City 17 -3 22
11 Aston Villa 18 -4 22
12 Crystal Palace 18 -3 20
13 Brentford FC 17 -3 20
14 Southampton FC 18 -9 20
15 Everton FC 17 -8 19
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 18 -31 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 5
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5



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