Martin Odegaard was outstanding prior to the World Cup break, but ever since football has resumed, he has found a higher level to reach.
Many people believed that his performance against West Ham was his best in an Arsenal jersey thus far, but against Brighton, he was even better.
For some, the well-placed half-volleyed finish or even the dragback nutmeg that almost resulted in a Gabriel Martinelli assist would have been sufficient.
Many argue that the outstanding assist that he actually gave to the Brazilian in the second half was his best achievement.
In describing the pass, he explained “I saw there was a lot of space in behind and our wingers are so quick. “It is not easy to stop Gabriel Martinelli in that position.”
Not only was Odegaard’s pass superior to anything even Kevin De Bruyne could manage, but it also came at the perfect time in the match.
With Brighton looking threatening and Arsenal having just fallen behind 3-1, things could have easily gotten chaotic.
This season, Arsenal has been a lot of different things, but being nervous is probably not one of them.
This game was always going to be important for the Gunners, even if they were assured to win the Premier League in 2022.
The fact that Arsenal now leads the Premier League by seven points is still important, regardless of how they did it.
Whatever transpires moving forward, Arsenal can look back on this season with great pride at the advancements they made.
However, the temptation to begin fantasizing about the title grows stronger with each passing week.