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Arteta makes Odegaard admission as AC Milan fail in Martinelli pursuit

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Arsenal will be looking to continue their 100% start to the season when the Gunners travel to a resurgent Manchester United on Super Sunday.

The Gunners recorded their fifth successive win with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli.

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It follows wins over Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Bournemouth and Fulham, with the Gunners the only Premier League side unbeaten so far. Mikel Arteta will be keen to continue what has been an impressive start into their trip to Old Trafford.

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Arteta praises Odegaard

Mikel Arteta believes that “humble”, selfless Martin Odegaard is the perfect Arsenal captain ahead of his side’s trip to United on Sunday.

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The 23-year-old Norway playmaker has made a major impression since joining from Real Madrid in January 2021 and, after making his loan move from the Spanish giants permanent last summer, he was handed the captain’s armband by Arteta ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

“He’s a really humble, hungry player that has a tremendous quality,” Arteta said. “He puts that quality to the service of the team. He’s always willing to do things for others and he’s a great role model for the rest of the players and staff.”

Arsenal rejected Martinelli bid

Arsenal were able to keep their ‘own Ronaldo‘ at the Emirates Stadium this season as AC Milan failed in a bid to sign Gabriel Martinelli.

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Gabriel Martinelli was the subject of interest from AC Milan
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It was suggested in Italy that the reigning Serie A giants were interested in signing the Brazilian forward as a potential replacement for star striker Rafael Leao. The former Lille man was linked with a move to Chelsea this summer with the Blues keen to add to their attacking options following the exits of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

In the end, a deal for Leao was deemed too expensive for the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge and he ended up staying with Milan. That in turn handed Arsenal a huge boost in the fact that they were able to retain the services of Martinelli.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether the young Brazilian would have been tempted by a move to the San Siro in the first place considering Arsenal’s excellent start to the new season, but the offer of Champions League football might have been something to consider should Milan have pushed ahead with a move.

Merson makes Arsenal title prediction






Arsenal have won their opening five matches
Arsenal have won their opening five matches
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Arsenal hero Paul Merson has been more than impressed by the start his former side has made, but has warned that they can’t lose on Sunday, before stating that they are still a ‘million miles’ away from the Premier League title.

“Five games, five wins and top of the table, the Gunners have done everything that could be expected so far,” he said in his Daily Star column. “Every team wants a good start and they have it.

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“I’m not saying United are a great team or anything. But they’re not bad either and a win for them would make it four a row.

“Neither club is going to lift the title any time soon. The Gunners may have 15 points from 15 but, in my opinion, they’re a million miles from winning the league.

“What they do not want, though, is to suffer defeat at United – and, suddenly, all those cliches about them return.”

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