Arsenal urged to replace Mesut Ozil with talented La Liga youngster

Arsenal has been urged to sign Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard as they close in on getting Mesut Ozil off their wage bill.

Ozil was one of the club’s highest earners, and they had hoped he would carry their creative burden.

Since he signed his last deal at the club, he has been underperforming. 

As he closes in on a move to Fenerbahce, the Gunners will have the resources to replace him and Eurosport vodcast’s Justin Cole says the Gunners should move for Odegaard.

The Norwegian started this campaign as one of the key men in Madrid, but he has now lost his place in the first team.

He is eager to leave to get more first-team football, according to Eurosport, and Arsenal has been urged to make a move for him.

Cole reckons that he would make more impact at the Emirates because he has a point to prove, more so than Isco, who has also been linked with a move to the Emirates.

“It would be an amazing signing for Arsenal fans,” said Cole.

“Martin Odegaard will have the right mentality because he has a point to prove. It won’t be like Isco, who is at a different point in his career. This is a young, hungry player who wants to play regularly, and from Arsenal’s standpoint, they are really lacking a creative player.

“Emile Smith Rowe has injected some creativity, but to place the entire burden on his shoulders is a bit too much responsibility at that age.”

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  1. CorporateMan says:

    Question is: would he hit the PL ground running? The EPL is never easy ground for young inexperienced players from other leagues.
    It’s one thing to thrive in La Liga’s Sociedad, but it could be a different ball game entirely with Arsenal in the EPL.
    But, ultimately, the decision will rest with the young man himself. And I’m afraid he may opt to go for the “devil you know”

    1. Dan kit says:

      Also would he actually get much playing time here ,seems like a cover signing for 6 months to me .
      Much prefer to wait till summer and then see what we need .

  2. S.J says:

    It will be a good addition. If Smith-Rowe gets injured, we are doomed.

    Odegaard will be a good rotation with Smith-Rowe. Odegaard can also play on the right and left wing.

    He will be useful if we get him. Ceballos is already doing a good job in persuading him to come.

  3. Grandad says:

    Is he not a left footed right winger like Pepe ?Can be adapt to be an AM or a left sided midfielder?.Perhaps someone could clarify for me.

    1. Sean M says:

      He prefers to operate in the hole across the whole pitch. Started many games on the right for Sociedad but was given licence to roam. Finds space well, has a great pass and good ball control. May struggle with the physicality and shooting is a bit pants.

    2. Declan says:

      There’s a video of him on LG and he seems be able to play all over the park.

  4. siamois says:

    From what I read Sevilla have been in talks with RM for a while now and if he is part of RM future plans it would make sense for all parties concerned that he stays in la Liga as he performed very well during his last loan in Spain.

  5. Olushorlar says:

    Now, we are getting him on a short term basis. I actually don’t like the idea because when he starts performing well for us, Madrid will call him back and Madrid’s players costs fortunes even if they want to sell him to us. Can we play 80million for him? This guy is young remember and our ESR is also young so this thought of someone coming to ease the pressure off him is funny. If someone will be easing the pressure off him, we have the likes of Buendia, Sabitzer e.t.c to do that…

  6. Smruti Ranjan Das says:

    Martin is a good player indeed, but to replace is a great ask from theoretical point itself. Martin has energy and makes some real quick surging runs and can score goals too. But la liga experience might be just not enough for him to handle the physicality of the English division. Arsenal need to start looking from inside the country to get that patch, since it will work well and will be like a quick fix. Buendia, as far as i have seen him play, is a real good choice. He can shield the ball well when attacking and attack the ball while defending. Just the type of player we need right now in the middle of the park. His wealth of English Premier League experience will really help a lot and his ability is unquestionable. Little bit of patience is also needed though. Aouar is a good option, but he already looks too ambitious. To get him will be a difficult task and moreover i always prefer people those who are ready to die for the badge not for just making a name for themselves.

  7. Grandad says:

    Thanks for the info guys.

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