Watch Martin Odegaard score first Arsenal goal with unstoppable thunderbolt vs Olympiacos in Europa League

MARTIN ODEGAARD scored his first Arsenal goal with an absolute rocket against Olympiacos on Thursday night.

The Gunners headed to Greece looking for revenge after being KO'd by the same opponents in last season's Europa League last-32 stage.

And Mikel Arteta's squad got off to the perfect start with a little over half an hour on the clock.

Picking the ball up just right of centre, Odegaard cut inside and lashed a thunderbolt of a left-footed effort into the back of the net.

The Arsenal playmaker really put his laces through the ball, with the swerve clearly deceiving Olympiacos stopper Jose Sa.

As the ball flew directly at him, Sa appeared to lose track of the powerful effort.

Despite getting a weak wrist on it, the ball still ended up thundering into the back of the net.

It was only Odegaard's second shot on target as an Arsenal player since arriving on loan from Real Madrid – and what a strike it was.

Odegaard had been largely anonymous in the game before blowing the game wide open with his long-range effort.

And Arsenal fans on Twitter were left staggered by the goal, with one writing: "What a goal by Martin Odegaard. Wow."


Another tweeted: "Martin Odegaard, take a bow son."

A third said: "Martin Odegaard learning from Lionel Messi. That's an insane strike."

Just 24 hours earlier, Messi had scored a Puskas award contender of his own in Barcelona's aggregate defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Similarly to Odegaard, the Argentine carried the ball from right-of-centre and lashed home an unstoppable left-footed drive.

Messi's strike, though, left Keylor Navas no chance of even getting close.

Unfortunately for Messi, it wasn't enough to pull over another 'Remontada', as Barca lost 5-2 to PSG on aggregate.

Kylian Mbappe scored PSG's goal on the night and in doing so became the youngest player to score 25 Champions League goals… overtaking Messi by nearly a year.

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