Rio Ferdinand says Arteta will be ‘destroyed’ if he drops ‘unreal’ Arsenal ace

Sam PrestonJanuary 26, 2021

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Rio Ferdinand hopes Martin Odegaard’s imminent arrival at Arsenal doesn’t mean Emile Smith Rowe will lose his place in the squad.

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about his youtube channel, Ferdinand said Odegaard seemed like a good signing, but he should not replace Smith Rowe.

He was full of praise for Smithrow’s contributions after being brought into the team.

He said he would be “frustrated” if the Briton’s development was hindered by Odegaard.

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“I heard it before [Odegaard] for a long time. He has potential, 100%. It’s about Mikel Arteta unlocking,” Ferdinand said. “This kid is a genius, there’s no doubt about that.

“If he came in and took the place of someone like Emile Smith Rowe, I would have been devastated. He came in and did things that were not real. The way he played gave him a breath of fresh air at Arsenal.

“I’m sure the fans would go crazy for him if they were there. He brings assists and calm to the way Arsenal play. He’s the kind of player who can play for generations at Arsenal.

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“So I hope (Odegaard) doesn’t come in and hinder his growth in the team because he’s been doing really well in the last few weeks.”

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Ferdinand’s comments may reflect the thinking of many Arsenal fans.

Odegaard is an exciting signing, but his introduction to the team shouldn’t leave Smith Rowe out.

The pair can play on the same side, and Odegaard’s arrival means the Briton will no longer have to carry all the creative burden alone.

Odegaard hasn’t played much football this season and Smithrow will be the mainstay while he recovers.

With the Europa League back, the pair will have plenty of game time to share.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ Gold Standard News and Sports Reporter who studied at the Press Association. He also holds a 2:1 Law and French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which includes a year of study at the University of Montaigne in Bordeaux. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derby County programme in 2018 and has also written digital football content and games for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County day program.

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