4 standout players from Arsenal's 6-0 win over West Ham

  • Declan Rice dominated his old team as Arsenal demolished West Ham 6-0 away, but the midfielder got sterling support from a brilliant attacking trio led by Bukayo Saka

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2. Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard
Odegaard dazzled in east London / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Odegaard could have this list all to himself after the way he owned the ball against a physical West Ham midfield. The Hammers' terriers in the engine room never got near Arsenal's creator-in-chief because of the way Odegaard used space.

He always put himself at the service of the player in possession. Wherever that player needed to go with the ball, there was Odegaard as the natural outlet.

Once he received the ball, the 25-year-old's elegance and flair took over. The best signing of the Arteta era targeted angles and exploited gaps with almost flawless precision.

Odegaard knew this was a game to play down the sides of West Ham's lumbering central defenders. His assists for Trossard and Saka represented the strategy in all of its brutal and brilliant efficiency.

Appropriately, Odegaard's eye for a pass earned him distinction among creative types across Europe's top five leagues, according to TNT Sports.

It's deserved for the player who defines this Arsenal team going forward. If Arteta is going to win the title, his cerebral No. 8 will be the catalyst.

Artistry alone won't win a title, though. Fortunately, Odegaard can rely on one rugged presence to keep doing the dirty work.

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