Martin Odegaard Offers Harry Kane Advice to Arsenal Teammates Over His Return to North London for CL Game vs Bayern Munich

Martin Odegaard emphasised the importance of respecting Harry Kane but advised his Arsenal teammates not to fear him as they prepare to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Harry Kane, the former Tottenham striker, will be making his first return to north London since departing for Munich in August. Despite his remarkable form, scoring 32 goals in 28 Bundesliga matches this season, Odegaard, the Arsenal captain, maintains confidence in his team’s abilities.

The Gunners are currently enjoying a seven-game unbeaten run across all competitions, adding to their belief in their capability to face formidable opponents like Kane and Bayern Munich.

Odegaard’s stance underscores Arsenal’s mindset heading into the crucial match, focusing on preparation, respect, and self-belief rather than being intimidated by individual talents like Kane.

‘He’s a good player of course and I have played against him a few times. We know the quality he has in the box and he is also good in the link up,’ said Odegaard. ‘We are facing a good team on Tuesday.’

When asked about whether Arsenal should fear Kane, he added: ‘I think we should respect him, but I don’t think we should fear anyone and we should focus on ourselves and the quality we have in our team. And that is all.

‘They (Bayern) have had some strange results in the league but if you look at the team, you can see the quality they have, and we know that, we know they are a really strong side.

‘Really good individual players as well. It will be a tough battle, but we are ready.’

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Harry Kane holds the title of Tottenham’s all-time record scorer, having amassed an impressive tally of 280 goals across 435 appearances. This includes 14 goals scored in 19 matches against their arch-rivals, Arsenal.

Despite Harry Kane’s continued exceptional performance in Germany, Bayern Munich’s aspirations to clinch their 12th consecutive Bundesliga title have essentially come to an end.

Thomas Tuchel’s squad squandered a two-goal advantage, leading to a surprising 3-2 loss against Heidenheim on Saturday. As a result, they now find themselves trailing leaders Bayer Leverkusen by a considerable 16-point margin, with only six matches left in the season.

Martin Odegaard is of the opinion that Arsenal’s summer acquisitions, namely David Raya, Declan Rice, and Kai Havertz, have played a pivotal role in the team’s progress. This positive trajectory comes after Arsenal’s pursuit of glory faltered in the closing stages of the previous season.

‘All the players who came in this season have been brilliant and just you see them getting better and better,’ said the Norway international following Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Brighton.

‘They give us so much.’

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