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Mikel Arteta gives Updates on Skipper ahead of Newcastle Clash

Table toppers lock horns for youngster

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been giving his press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash with Newcastle United.

Comeback Required

After losing to West Ham in the middle of the week, the Gunners have a difficult journey to the northeast, and the team and management at Arsenal will be eager to respond right away.
There are several selection-related issues for Arteta to deal with. Eddie Nketiah will probably start in place of Gabriel Jesus because he is still sidelined, and Martin Odegaard is also questionable in midfield.

And at his last news conference, Arteta discussed Odegaard, stating that the Norwegian midfield player has encountered some difficulties.

Regarding Odegaard, Arteta verified the following in remarks that ESPN’s James Olley cited.

It would be a boon for Mikel Arteta

For the Gunners, it will mean a lot if their captain is healthy for such a crucial match. A victory would be monumental and serve as another evidence that they are serious about winning this year.
Although Arsenal’s roster is capable of handling one or two injuries, things get concerning when injuries mount up and affect important players like Odegaard.

At least for Arsenal, hopefully, he’s healthy and ready to go. As captain, he has had such an impact that Arsenal needs their guy back in the middle of the pitch.

This Arsenal team faces a significant test against Newcastle. A lively St. James’ Park will be booming, and the vibe will be a real litmus test for the spirit of this young Gunners team.

Ultimately, it may make all the difference if they can even get Odegaard onto the pitch.

One cannot undervalue Odegaard’s importance or quality. His ability to take the ball in confined spaces and advance play will be essential against a dominant Newcastle midfield.

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