How Martin Odegaard and Kevin De Bruyne’s stats compare as Arsenal star is compared to Man City ace amid Premier League title charge
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard is playing at a similar level to Kevin De Bruyne, talkSPORT said.
The Norwegian playmaker continues to drive Arsenal forward in their drive for a first Premier League title since 2004.
He had a goal and an assist in the 4-2 win over Brighton on Saturday to extend his lead at the top of the table to seven points, after Man City dropped points earlier.
The 24-year-old plays the role of captain to perfection and is starting to realize the wonder potential he displayed as a teenager.
De Bruyne has been the benchmark midfielder in the Premier League for some time now and former Arsenal footballer Adrian Clarke believes Odegaard is close to that level.
He told talkSPORT: “Some of the skills he showed in the last two games, that little nutmeg on Lewis Dunk was magnificent and his assist for Martinelli.
“In his position, who is better than Martin Odegaard in the Premier League? I said you have to put De Bruyne there because he has so many assists and probably the best in the world at that position.
“Odegaard isn’t far behind this season. He has seven goals and five assists. His performance levels are off the scale.
The stats show that their performances this season have been comparable.
They have both combined for 12 Premier League goals and assists this season, with the Arsenal man playing 61 minutes less.
Odegaard is the Gunners’ joint top scorer this season along with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinell, who all have seven.
The Norwegian international kept his feet on the ground, despite his growing lead at the top of the table.
He told talkSPORT: “It’s a good time for us, to be top of the table, but as I’ve said many times, we have to keep calm and keep working hard. Stay in the moment, keep working hard every day and keep improving and don’t focus too much on the table.