Mikel Arteta sent worrying Martin Odegaard message as Arsenal 'secret weapon' emerges


Arsenal are in the midst of preparing for their Champions League clash against Sevilla after salvaging a draw against Chelsea. The Gunners had the chance to move top of the Premier League with a victory however they were forced to settle for a point after coming back from two goals down in the final 15 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

Declan Rice and Leandro Trossard were the scorers for Mikel Arteta's side as they kept their unbeaten league run intact. However, there were some concerns coming out of the game and thus heading into Tuesday's European clash surrounding Martin Odegaard with Arteta sent a brutal message.

Although, on the plus side, the Gunners boss has been told the secret weapon at his disposal alongside a positional hint from Ian Wright regarding Kai Havertz that Arteta could unleash against Sevilla.

Here are your Arsenal morning headlines on Tuesday, October 24.

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Odegaard message

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard struggled to make an impact for his side in this past weekend's 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the Premier League. The Blues' midfield three of Conor Gallagher, Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez swarmed the Gunners for the bulk of the first half and were deservedly in front heading towards the latter stages of the London derby.

However late goals from Declan Rice and Leandro Trossard saw Arsenal salvage a point with their best spell of the game coming in the final quarter of an hour. In an attempt to change the dynamic of the game, Arteta brought on Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe, Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz with Odegaard as one of the players to depart.

The Norway international left the pitch having completed just 20 passes with his starting midfield partners in Declan Rice and Jorginho completing double his total. Despite Arsenal being in need of a win after the defeat to RC Lens last time out, supporters have sent a brutal message regarding Odegaard to Arteta.

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Arsenal secret weapon

Mikel Arteta has been told that Leandro Trossard is his Arsenal secret weapon after the Belgian scored another goal of the bench. Since his January move from Brighton, the three goals that Trossard has scored in the Premier League have all arrived off the bench, alongside his 11 assists in all competitions.

Speaking about his display, former Arsenal man Kieran Gibbs criticised his lack of minutes amid suggesting a new role Arteta could give him. “I think it’s a tough one with not starting Trossard,” he told ESPN. “Although I think he’s been unreal since he signed. And he’s kind of like the secret weapon at the moment for Arsenal. Martinelli is one of our most dangerous players. And obviously Saka. So it is a tough one for him.

“But Trossard’s been knocking on the door for a while now. And so I also wouldn’t mind seeing him start in behind Jesus instead of one of the midfielders, especially with the way that Arsenal, more often than not, control games. I like him in those tight areas.”

Havertz hint

Ian Wright has praised the efforts of Kai Havertz for his cameo role against Chelsea with a positional hint for Mikel Arteta. . Up against his former club, the 24-year-old was named on the bench with his introduction in the second half at Stamford Bridge seeing boss emanate from the stands, however it was Havertz who had the last laugh.

Prior to the international break, the German assisted Gabriel Martinelli's winner against Manchester City before playing a key role in the equaliser against the Blues scored by Leandro Trossard.

Mikel Arteta appears to be remaining insistent that Havertz will be used in midfield, however his contributions have come from picking up the ball in the final third, after either dropping deep or holding up the ball for others with Wright's praise hinting he is more valuable closer to goal.

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