Martin Odegaard: Arsenal React to Decade Old Prophecy on Their Captain Helping Them Reach UCL QF

Martin Odegaard: Arsenal React to Decade Old Prophecy on Their Captain Helping Them Reach UCL QF

Elijah Odetokun
March 13, 2024 at 7:48 AM
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  • Arsenal reached the Champions League quarter-final for the first time since 2010
  • They beat Porto 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate scoreline in 120 minutes
  • A football user on social media saw his 10-year prophecy come to pass after the win

Arsenal showed full awareness of what was happening on social media by reacting to a social media user’s 10-year-old prophecy about captain Martin Odegaard after they progressed to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

The Gunners faced an uphill task of overturning a first-leg deficit to progress, and they came out victorious on penalties after a 1-1 draw on aggregate.

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Martin Odegaard celebrates after Arsenal beat Porto 4-2 on penalties to reach the Champions League quarter-final. Photo by David Price.
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Leandro Trossard got his team's only goal in the first half off a brilliant assist from Odegaard. The captain scored again in the second half, but it was ruled out after a foul on Diogo Costa by Kai Havertz.

Per Opta Analyst, it was the first time the North London club progressed after losing the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie since beating the same opponent in the same stage in 2010.

Arsenal reacts to Odegaard’s prophecy

An X user, 101 Great Goals, in 2014 made a post predicting a UCL quarter-final for Arsenal in 2024 if they sign Norwegian wonderkid Odegaard.

“If Arsenal do sign Martin Odegaard, they're a shoo-in for the 2024 Champions League quarter finals,” the account wrote.

Arsenal’s official account spotted the tweet and quoted it with a crystal ball, which signifies magic and future prediction.

His influence was unreal last night as he never stopped balling for 120 minutes and scored the first spot-kick to set the team up for victory.

At the time of the tweet, Odegaard was 15 years old and was playing for Strømsgodset in Norway but was already attracting interest from top European clubs. He joined Real Madrid a few weeks later.

He moved to England on loan in January 2021 and was made permanent in the summer for £30 million per BBC Sports. He became captain in 2022 and has been a pivotal member of the squad.

Why Arsenal beat Porto

Sports Brief previously analysed five reasons Arsenal will beat Porto and progress to the next round of the 2023/24 UCL despite losing the first leg in Portugal.

Though the Gunners lost their last nine knockout stage ties when losing the first leg, the only exception was Porto in the Round of 16 in 2010.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.