March 1, 2021

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Arsenal loanee Martin Odegaard hailed ‘amazing’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Arsenal FC)

Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard hailed ‘amazing’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after making his first Arsenal start in the 4-2 victory over Leeds United.

Aubameyang, starting for Arsenal for the first time in almost a month, netted his first Premier League hat-trick to help Mikel Arteta’s side beat Leeds at the Emirates.

Odegaard was handed his full Gunners debut in the Premier League win and largely impressed, with Mikel Arteta singing his praises.

Asked about Aubameyang’s qualities, Odegaard told Arsenal Media: ‘He’s amazing. He’s a top-quality striker and his hat-trick was well deserved today.

‘I’m very happy for him, the way he takes responsibility for the team shows that he’s a true leader.’

Odegaard added: ‘It’s a bit different [the Premier League] but I think I am adapting pretty okay.

‘The way they took me into the team – my teammates – and how they treated me, as well as the manager and everyone in the club, they helped me since the first minute.

Aubameyang netted his first Premier League hat-trick as Arsenal defeated Leeds United (Picture: Getty)

‘I feel really comfortable and a part of the team, so it’s been easy to come in to this team because of the way they are and the way they treated me.

‘I’m just really happy to be here and I’m proud to be a part of this team.’

Odegaard, who joined Arsenal on loan until the end of the season last month, made substitute appearances in the recent draw with Manchester United and defeat to Aston Villa.

He earned his first start on Sunday and will hope to emerge as a key player for Arteta until the end of the season when he is due to return to Real Madrid.

Arteta also paid tribute to Aubameyang after the Leeds victory, telling reporters: ‘I’m so pleased for him.

‘The way he’s trained this week, he totally deserved it. It’s a consequence of how he prepared this week.

‘I think his goals are a consequence of how he worked today without the ball – the rhythm of his pressing, how he was putting people under pressure all the time.

‘He was the first to dictate the rhythm of our defensive face. Overall I’m really happy to have him back.’

Arsenal put their Premier League campaign on hold on Thursday evening as they face Benfica in the Europa League.

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