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Why Martin Odegaard was a last-minute scratch from Arsenal’s XI to face Nurnberg

An explanation for the last-minute absence of Martin Odegaard from Arsenal’s starting line-up to face Nurnberg has been provided on Thursday evening.

For those not aware, Arsenal are currently locked in action.

After being held to a 1-1 stalemate by Watford in their opening pre-season friendly last week, the Gunners have stepped up their preparations for the new campaign once more, courtesy of a meeting with aforementioned German outfit Nurnberg.

Mikel Arteta, for his part, opted for a strong starting XI at the Max-Morlock-Stadion, featuring the talents of the likes of Aaron Ramsdale, William Saliba, Thomas Partey, and Bukayo Saka.

Saka, meanwhile, has since gone on to open the scoring in the clash.

As alluded to above, though, whilst things are currently developing according to plan for Arsenal when it comes to the action on the pitch in Bavaria, the north Londoners’ evening to date has not been without its concerns.

Fabio Vieira was chosen to replace the Norwegian, culminating in immediate and altogether understandable panic across the Arsenal fanbase.

The Gunners themselves, though, have since provided an update on the situation.

And Odegaard’s problem does not appear to be a serious one, described, for the time being, as little more than ‘a knock’.

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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