Arsenal fans were unhappy with their new club captain Martin Odegaard‘s display against Crystal Palace, despite winning the clash 2-0. The Gunners won their opening clash of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign at Selhurst Park on Friday, August 5. They took a deserved early lead after new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko set up Gabriel Martinelli for the opener, following a well-worked corner routine.
Mikel Arteta’s side was extremely impressive in the first half but came under pressure towards the end of the game from the hosts. However, the visitors held firm and secured the in five minutes from time when Marc Guehi diverted a Bukayo Saka cross into his net.
Arsenal comprehensively avenged last season’s shocking 3-0 defeat to Palace. The loss started a severe decline in form towards the end of their campaign last season, which ultimately cost them a Champions League place. Despite their impressive victory away at their London rivals on Friday, supporters were unimpressed by Odegaard’s performance.
The 23-year-old, Martin Odegaard was named the club’s permanent captain earlier this week following an impressive 18 months at the club following his move from Real Madrid.
The Norwegian had a glorious opportunity to kill the game midway through the second half but inexplicably chose to pass rather than shoot. Odegaard has also been accused of taking too many touches and overplaying them. Some Arsenal fans took to Twitter to criticize the attacking midfielder following the full-time whistle: