‘Arsenal is pretty perfect for me’ – Odegaard opens up on his return to Arsenal

Martin Odegaard has explained why he believes that being back at Arsenal is ‘perfect’ for him, having joined from Real Madrid on a permanent deal.

The midfielder is currently on international duty with Norway, having helped his side to a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands yesterday, with Latvia and Gibraltar ahead before he returns to North London.

Whilst with his team camp, the 23 year-old was interviewed and asked about his move to Arsenal.

“I am so happy to be back in Arsenal. I loved it here from the first day I came in January,” Odegaard explained at a press conference while on international duty(via 90Min).

“I wanted stability. 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.”

The Norwegian was claimed to have been our priority target this summer, having impressed manager Mikel Arteta in hi short loan spell from January, and he was continually reported to be keen on returning, although his move was eventually aided by Real Madrid’s failure to guarantee him playing time.

Odegaard should be able to flourish in our young squad, and I can’t wait to see how his relationship forms on the pitch with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

Will Arteta make it work with both Odegard and ESR in the same line-up or should he focus on playing wingers out wide?


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  1. I think we should go back to 5 at the back if I’m being honest. After the international break I would like to see this line up.

    Gabriel white Tomiyasu
    Tierney Saka/taravres
    Partey Odegaard
    Esr Pepe/Saka

    Arteta won the fa Cup with this formation with a worse starting 11. It baffles me that we reverted from it when we clearly don’t have the players to suit a 4 3 3 yet.

    1. Not bad at all friend. I like it. For the rwb rol i would choose a right footed player bs at front there is Pepe or saka as an invert…there could be amn or tomi and if it’s the last, holding at Def. The problem is i dont think Arteta would get off xhaka 🙁

      . Rams/leno
      Tomi. Ben. Gab
      Amn. Partey. Ode. Tierney.
      Pepe/saka. Auba/laca. Esr/mart

    2. I remember the 3-4-3 being effective in the underdog games we played against teams like Liverpool, City and Chelsea, when we looked up defensively and played on the counter, but not against sides we were expected to beat – there we struggled.
      Also this was the formation that got the best out of AMN as a wing back

  2. blah, blah, blah…everyone and their brother knew he wanted the Real gig, thus the assurances provided during his loan stint…once he realized that he had become the afterthought to their respective afterthoughts, his tune started to change…I certainly think he has some footballing skills, just not the ones we most desperately needed and desired, so he would be wise to fly under the radar for now and simply let his playing do is talking, especially considering that he had a grand total of 2 above average, for him, and 1 stellar performance during his previous loan period at the club…this club and it’s players/manager needs to prove themselves through their ACTIONS, as we’ve heard far too many empty words/promises in the last calendar year

  3. Great signing, really looking forward to seeing him on a regular basis as he fully adapts to the Premier League, hopefully his Norwegian national coach will take better care of him this time.

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