Arsenal boss Arteta hails captain Odegaard: We don't know what his limit is

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is delighted with the impact of captain Martin Odegaard.

Odegaard scored in victory at Wolves on Saturday, which sees him as the club’s leading scorer.

The win puts Arsenal five points clear at the top of the table and Arteta said of his captain: “He is in his own way and with his character. He’s a fantastic person and a fantastic footballer and what he’s doing at his age is not easy and we are really happy to have him.

“That’s what you want – for your attacking midfielders to win games not only by assisting but by scoring goals. He’s changed that mentality and he’s practising a lot and he wants to get to his best and we don’t know where his limit is like many of the other kids that we have. That’s what we want – embrace the good moments and support them when they’re not that good.”

On the World Cup break being good for Odegaard, Arteta added: “He’s got two internationals before that so he’s going to be more committed to the national team. After that, we will try to prepare him in the best possible way, but we don’t know.

“Sometimes when you are in a rhythm and competing it’s much better. The players who are here are going to need to compete and have enough fitness to play in the right way against West Ham. We’ll try to prepare them in the right way.”