“It is a risk” Ex-Gunner reacts to rumoured Arsenal transfer

Kevin Campbell says while Martin Odegaard is a talented player, he would be a risky signing for Arsenal.

The Norwegian is reportedly closing in on joining Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid.

He has been sidelined at the Bernabeu and he is now keen to leave the Spanish side this month so that he can get more game time.

Arsenal has been tipped to sign a new creative midfielder in this transfer window, and it has now emerged that Odegaard will be the player joining them.

He was one of the top players at Real Sociedad last season when he spent time on loan at the Spanish side.

He has failed to replicate that form in Madrid, and Arsenal will look to get the best out of him.

However, Campbell says that he is going to be a risk for the Gunners regardless of how talented he is.

He praised him for not being satisfied with sitting on the bench but says he isn’t sure he would adapt to the Premier League.

The ex-Gunners frontman has told the Metro: “We’ve got enough experience in the squad to last a lifetime, we need to bring that age group down within the squad. Odegaard was on loan for the last season with Real Sociedad and did really well, went back to his parent club in Real Madrid and it hasn’t quite worked out for him.

“You’re thinking to yourself the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, they’re going to start to hit the buffers but Modric has been unbelievable this season, Kroos is still a world-class player. So he’s found chances limited.

“He’s not the type of kid who wants to just sit around, he wants to play, he’s a very talented player. “It is a risk because I don’t know how he would react to playing in the Premier League but one thing I do know is he’s got the talent.”

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  1. Grandad says:

    There is less “risk” attached to a loan signing than a permanent transfer.

  2. Declan says:

    It’s also a risk because he currently has a knee problem…..

    1. Davi says:

      Classic Arsenal

  3. Havyn says:

    My only concern is may be he curtailing the development of ESR

    1. jon fox says:

      By that warped thinking we should only ever have the same eleven players starting all games with no extra squad , unless “they curtail the development” of the chosen first eleven. You are talking tosh frankly! No proper thinking whatever behind your crass comment.

  4. Kev82 says:

    Isn’t every signing a risk? Lol. Hazard seemed like a no brainer for Real and has massively flopped so only time will tell.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Spot on Kev82 – there has never been, or will be, any manager who is always 100% right.

      As for Havyn’s query – another way to look at this is, it will give ESR some time to rest/recover from playing too many games and learn from watching another, supposedly, player of his equal.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        👍 Ken, Odegaard has the talent to also play the deeper playmaker role along side Thomas Partey.

      2. Lenohappy says:

        Ken1945 I know ESR is one of us but Odeagard is ways ahead of ESR, the boy is pure talent.

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