Arsenal star Martin Odegaard criticises filming of Amazon series with ‘cameras everywhere’

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Martin Odegaard has revealed he is not a fan of the club’s new Amazon fly-on-the-wall documentary series and the attacking midfielder claims he now has to watch what he says in the dressing room. The Gunners’ disastrous start to the season which currently sees them sit bottom of the Premier League after three matches has seen many question why the club decided to take on the money-making project that will offer some transparency on life behind the scenes at London Colney.

Arsenal are yet to score a goal having lost 2-0 to Brentford, 2-0 to Chelsea and 5-0 to Manchester City with Mikel Arteta’s job now under threat.

The Spaniard and the players now have the international break to regroup and release some pressure and Odegaard is clearly enjoying a temporary change of atmosphere while away with Norway.

The playmaker has criticised the Amazon series, although he has made it clear the filming crew do go unnoticed most of the time.

“I must admit that it’s not my favorite thing to have cameras everywhere,” he said today during Norway’s press conference.

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“You automatically think a bit more about what you are saying when there are cameras there, but the crew is discrete.”

Odegaard also explained his decision to leave Real Madrid to return to north London, claiming he wanted to settle for the next step of his career.

“I wanted stability,” he added. “I wanted to settle down somewhere with a lot of good players who want to establish the club back in the top, with a good manager. That’s why I think Arsenal is pretty perfect for me.”

After reports emerged confirming that Arsenal would be the subject of a new Amazon documentary series, following in the footsteps of Manchester City, Tottenham, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, Arteta confirmed he had no say on the matter.

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“No. It’s a decision made by the club, in the best possible interests of the football club. We need to help as much as possible,” he said.

“Hopefully it is a perfect year to show that. We need to make it happen. It is down to us to try to produce the best piece that we can, so everybody can feel part of what we do and our fans can be proud of what we do.”

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown explains he finds the idea fascinating.

“Maybe it’s a transparency thing, they want to let the fans see what happens on the inside to connect more,” Keown said.

“I’d like to see it, I just hope it is warts and all. I find it fascinating as a former player to hotfoot back into a dressing room just for a moment to see and remember and taste it, but you’re not getting a true reflection of what really happens.

“If it’s been edited and choreographed in such a way that you only see the best of certain people, that troubles me.

“If it’s a complete fly on the wall, that’s fair enough, but you’d have to be there every day.

“Some of what goes on and what is said to people you couldn’t really put out there, because people are honest at football clubs.

“There might be some embarrassing things, but I imagine the club will have editorial control and they’ll only put out what they want.

“I do enjoy watching those things, but it’s not really the same. They’re just taking the money, for me.”

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