Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta hails Martin Odegaard & Thomas Partey after Arsenal's win over Leicester

Jack Gallagher
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Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey after the pair scored in Arsenal's win over Leicester City.

The victory sees the Gunners move up to fourth in the Premier League table following a fantastic run of five wins on the bounce.

Speaking at his post-game press conference, Arteta was keen to toast the performance of Odegaard

"He [Odegaard] was terrific again today in every aspect of the game. In the build up phase in the final third, defensively," he said.

"He’s come a long way since his arrival and he makes the other players better I think. I don’t know [if Odegaard is a bargain signing] it’s still a little bit early. We were certainly convinced that was a player who could fit in our club in our model and we are really happy with him."

Arteta was also keen to single out Partey, but hinted that he would keep pushing him to put in better performances on a consistent basis.

"He [Partey] was involved in both goals. You can see he was player of the month last year and he’s come a long way. Now it’s about consistency and keeping doing it.

"Probably being in his neck every day because he needs it. But I think it comes from the player. When he excepts the reality you can’t expect that to change unless you change what you do."

Looking forward to Arsenal's next match against Premier League heavyweights Liverpool, Arteta stated that his team need to take their game to a 'new standard' in order to compete with Jurgen Klopp's men.

"That’s a different level. We have to take the game into a new standard. We have to prepare tomorrow how we can beat them."