Ian Wright compares Arsenal star Martin Odegaard to Spurs hero ahead of derby

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has compared Martin Odegaard to a Tottenham legend ahead of the north London derby.

The Norwegian will be playing in the hotly-contested match for the first time since his loan move from Real Madrid in January.

Starting in the Gunners’ last seven games, he has earned high praise and it expected to play a big role against Spurs.

And Wright, who scored 185 goals in nearly 300 appearances for the north London side, compared him to legend of the opposition for his impact at the club.

Speaking on his Wrighty’s House podcast, the Arsenal hero said: “People like Odegaard, he brings people into the game, he gives you touches.

“I remember when I played with Gazza [Paul Gascoigne], Gazza was amazing for that. He gives you the ball, you get touches of the ball.

“I remember playing for England the first time, he said: ‘Wrighty, whenever I’m gonna get it, be behind me, let me know where you are, I’ll turn it round the corner for you, you give it back to me, I’ll pass it out, get yourself some touches early doors and get your confidence up’.

“That’s what he’s like, a generous player.”

Gascoigne played at White Hart Lane for three seasons, scoring 33 goals and helping them to win the 1991 FA Cup.

Odegaard recorded his first goal for his new side in the 3-1 win over Olympiacos, firing a 60mph shot from 30 yards out to open the scoring.

And Wright went on show how the Norwegian is benefitting his side going forward.

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    “Now people are fearing the fact that we’re getting the ball from the two in front of the back four into that three.”

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