Mikel Arteta explains why he keeps substituting Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard
'It can be in relation to performance.'
Arteta replaced Odegaard on 73 minutes last time out as Arsenal recorded a 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League.
Odegaard was hauled off after 78 minutes in the match before that – a 2-2 draw at Chelsea – with former Gunner Emmanuel Petit accusing the 24-year-old of his ‘worst performance in an Arsenal shirt’.
The Norway international also only lasted 80 minutes during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to RC Lens earlier this month.
Arteta was quizzed about subbing Odegaard on Friday ahead of this weekend’s home match against Sheffield United and said: ‘It can be in relation to performance.
‘It can [also] be in relation to tactics or how the game is shifting to a type of game that I think somebody else is going to be more suited.
‘Sometimes it is to get more freshness in the team because we have played a lot of games and we need a lot of energy in the last few minutes.
‘We discussed that. To get to the level that our front players performed is very difficult to see.
‘It hasn’t happened in the Premier League. So we need to be conscious of that.
‘That’s about form and about putting him in better positions and doing things better in certain areas to help him to have the game that exploits his qualities.
‘Yeah, they have played as well a lot of minutes and that’s a consequence of that.’