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2 Arsenal players make Team of the Week for West Ham display

2 Arsenal players make Team of the Week for West Ham display

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2 Arsenal players make Team of the Week for West Ham display
LONDON, ENGLAND: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2022. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal tackles Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal tackles Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2022. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Garth Crooks named both Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard in the BBC Team of the Week on Wednesday, following Arsenal’s 3-1 win over West Ham United.

On Saka, Crooks said “it was hardly a surprise to see Mikel Arteta hugging Bukayo Saka after Arsenal beat West Ham on Monday, given the lad’s performance”, adding “the confidence he has acquired from being on the biggest stage is clear to see”.

As for Odegaard, Crooks wrote: “Odegaard is not just playing well: his cool-headed leadership is exactly what Arsenal need…”

WhoScored also included Odegaard in their Team of the Week, as he earned an 8.4 rating in their system.

Odegaard provided two assists from five key passes and two big chances created, completing 93.4% of his passes, two of three dribbles, and having six shots.

The midfielder was heavily involved in Arsenal’s attacking performance and a big part of their eventual victory, and it was certainly a captain’s display.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal embraces Bukayo Saka of Arsenal following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal embraces Bukayo Saka of Arsenal following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2022. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

As for Saka, he made his chances count. The winger found the back of the net with his only two opportunities, the first ruled out for offside and the second giving Arsenal an equaliser.

Saka also created four chances and one big chance, as well as completing 90% of his passes and winning 100% of his four individual duels.

The two talented young attackers will be a big part of whatever is to come for Arsenal this season, and they shone again on Monday night.

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