Arsenal playmaker Martin Odegaard reveals why he deleted his Twitter account

In an interview with TV2’s Arilas Ould-Saada, Martin Odegaard revealed that he deleted his Twitter account to stay away from potential mental exhaustion.

The Norwegian joined Arsenal on a permanent deal from Real Madrid this summer after a promising loan spell during the back end of the previous campaign.

He was regular starter under Mikel Arteta earlier this season, but recently dropped down the pecking order with the manager preferring to go with two up front.

Odegaard is currently on international duty with Norway. Speaking to Ould-Saada, he revealed the real reason behind him not having an active Twitter account.

He said: “A lot of crap. You must be careful what you expose yourself to. I don’t need to sit there and see all that.”

“A lot of anonymity and strange things. It could be bad and scary if your head is not in the right place.”

Our view:

In the present world, there has been regular fan criticism towards players on social media. Twitter has become a common place where their frustrations have been let out.

While every supporter has the right to criticise a poor performance every now and then, it has sometimes gone beyond with abusive language towards a particular player.

This could mentally affect some footballers. Odegaard has made the right choice to close his Twitter account to ignore any negativity and focus on his work on the playing field.

He has recently struggled to nail down a regular starting role with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka preferred ahead of him in a 4-4-2 set-up that has worked with good effect.

The Norwegian may not displace either player anytime soon, judging by their recent form. He will have to make the most of his game time off the bench to redeem himself.

He was unlucky against Watford last weekend where he was denied a goal. He appeared on course to score, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the final touch from an offside position.

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