'We dealt with it brilliantly': Odegaard ready to use Brentford approach against Porto 

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'We dealt with it brilliantly': Odegaard ready to use Brentford approach against Porto 

Martin Odegaard says Arsenal are ready for FC Porto's gamesmanship as they bid to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in 14 years.

"There are so many different things going on in each game," said Odegaard. "This game [against Porto] was one where the ball was out of play a lot and a lot of stop and start and restarts and all this.

"I think you saw that also against Brentford and I think we dealt with it in a brilliant way. I think that was a good practice.

"We already showed in that game what we learned in Porto, hopefully we can do that even better tomorrow. First of all, we want to play our game. We don't want to focus too much on them and what they are doing. We want to play our game and that's the main thing.

"We had to deal with a lot of different situations, a lot of time-wasting. We had to control our emotions the whole game and I think we did that brilliantly."

Mikel Arteta's side struggled to find their rhythm in Portugal. There were 36 fouls in the match, a season-high in the Champions League, while the ball was in play for just 51.7 per cent of the game, well down on the typical average.

AuthorToby PrinceSourceESPN
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