Rio Ferdinand hails Martin Odegaard as his ‘Player of the Year’ after impressive performances for Arsenal

Rio Ferdinand hails Martin Odegaard as his ‘Player of the Year’ following his impressive performance in Arsenal’s win over Tottenham and argues why the playmaker deserves the honor over his 21-goal compatriot Erling Haaland

  • The Gunners captain has been in superb form for Arsenal so far this season
  • His goal in Sunday’s north London derby capped off an excellent individual game
  • Odegaard has been central to Arsenal’s rise to an eight-point lead at the top
  • Despite Erling Haaland’s 21 league goals, Ferdinand Martin favors Ödegaard

Rio Ferdinand has named Arsenal star Martin Odegaard as his previous player of the year in recognition of the Norwegian’s outstanding performances for the high-flying Gunners.

Odegaard scored a superb goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Spurs on Sunday and was instrumental in the away side’s dominance over their bitter rivals.

“I would now go so far as to say that he’s probably my player of the year,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five podcast.

Martin Odegaard has been in superb form for Arsenal as they climb to the top of the table

Rio Ferdinand believes the Norwegian midfielder has been the star this season

Rio Ferdinand believes the Norwegian midfielder has been the star this season

Erling Haaland has also been in excellent form for Manchester City this season. He has scored 27 goals in 23 games, including an incredible 21 in the Premier League so far.

“Haaland did what he did,” Ferdinand continued. “He was great, don’t get me wrong.

“If Haaland goes down with the goals and Arsenal wins the league and Odegaard goes on, he’s my player of the year.”

Erling Haaland (L) and his Norwegian teammate Odegaard (R) have lit up the league this season

Erling Haaland (L) and his Norwegian teammate Odegaard (R) have lit up the league this season

Odegaard finally shows the promise that sparked worldwide interest in the former starlet before he signed for Real Madrid in 2015 aged just 16.

He joined Arsenal on loan in 2021 and showed enough promise to make the deal permanent the following summer.

Odegaard has since received the armband and is propelling Arsenal to their first title since 2003/04 – with eight goals and five assists in 17 Premier League games.

Given the Gunners’ superb form, Ferdinand can only imagine a club in Europe that could lure the 24-year-old away from north London.

Odegaard continued his exceptional season with a stunning goal in Arsenal's 2-0 win in the NLD

Odegaard continued his exceptional season with a stunning goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win in the NLD

“The only place he goes is somewhere like Barca. When they come in, it’s a different conversation,’ said Ferdinand.

But it seems Arsenal fans shouldn’t be too concerned. In a recent interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Odegaard was asked if youth club Liverpool could make a change of allegiance.

“There’s not much that can lure me away from here,” he said. “I’m having a very good time here.”

Erling Haaland has had an ominous start to the season but his form has waned in recent weeks

Erling Haaland has had an ominous start to the season but his form has waned in recent weeks

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