Martin Odegaard established as Arsenal creator-in-chief after Norwich masterclass

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Had things turned out differently last summer this match between Arsenal and Norwich could have been Emi Buendia’s homecoming, but instead it was a Martin Odegaard masterclass.

Arsenal were tracking Buendia in the summer and he was on their shortlist as they looked to bring in a new No10.

In the end, the Argentina international went to Aston Villa and Arsenal bolstered their ranks by signing Odegaard permanently from Real Madrid for around £30million.

On the basis of the past few weeks, and this game at Carrow Road, that is money well spent, with Odegaard flourishing into the team’s chief creator.

Arsenal were rampant during this 5-0 win over their struggling hosts and Odegaard was at the heart of it, pulling the Norwich defence all over the place. He finished the game with two assists, but you could find his stamp on nearly everything Arsenal did going forward.

The Norwegian struggled a bit at the start of this season and there was a time when Alexandre Lacazette was keeping him out of the side.

Now, though, Odegaard is one of the first names on the teamsheet and Lacazette is leading the line instead of operating as a No10.

It is a formula that appears to be working very well and in the last five games, which coincide with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being dropped from the squad, Arsenal have scored 19 goals.

That is some return and they left Carrow Road with five to their name, and that tally did not really flatter them.

Bukayo Saka got them off and running after six minutes, curling the ball home after Odegaard picked him out.

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Kieran Tierney made it 2-0 before the break, lashing the ball in off the post after, you guessed it, Odegaard had set him away down the left.

The second-half was more of the same as Saka bagged another, Lacazette slotted a penalty and Emile Smith Rowe continued his run of scoring off the bench. It was a five-star performance from Arsenal.

Tierney back to being the flying Scotsman

Around a month or so ago Tierney was fighting Nuno Tavares for his place in the side, but since then his game has gone to another level.

The Scot has got back to flying up and down the left flank, and this performance at Norwich was a reminder of his importance to Arsenal.

He took his goal brilliantly, overlapping down the left and firing the ball into the bottom corner off the post.

It came at a crucial time in the game too, with Norwich roared on by the crowd after a few forceful tackles. Tierney silenced them in the best way possible as his goal sucked the life out of Carrow Road just when the noise level was rising.

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Partey finding feet again after tough time

Before Arsenal played Manchester United at the start of this month, Thomas Partey’s confidence was at rock bottom.

The midfielder rated his recent performances as being a four out of 10 and it was, being honest, hard to argue with him.

Partey, however, has begun to find his feet again recently and this performance against Norwich was another step on the road to recovery.

He looked much more assured in the middle of the park, spraying the ball around and breaking up play. It’s just a shame for Arsenal he is off to the Africa Cup of Nations next month.

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