Mikel Arteta preparing to unleash star in new position

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff are set on converting Martin Odegaard into a right-winger.

The Football Insider claims that the staff are all in agreement that the Norway captain has all the characteristics to be dangerous playing on the right, cutting inside to make use of his strong left foot.

The 22 year-old joined the club on loan in January, and the club has no option to make the move permanent, despite reports that they would like to keep him at the club beyond the summer.

Real Madrid on the other hand are claimed to be hoping that his spell in England will help to boost interest in his signature, and with the exception of yesterday’s performance, he has largely impressed.

For Martin to play on the wide right however, you would expect Emile Smith Rowe to be available to play in the AM role which is also his preferred role.

ESR has proved to be just as comfortable on the wide left of the attack this season, but we have limited options to play in behind the striker.

Another reason for considering Odegaard playing from the right could well stem down to the Gunners belief that they wont be able to sign the Norwegian international, and improving Smith Rowe in his long-term role in behind the forward would make more sense for the club.

Do you believe Arsenal are considering Odegaard’s role change to better ESR centrally, or more because he has all the skills to make the role his own?

Patrick

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  1. Vinnie2000 says:

    This Rookie Coach is doing what??
    Let him first organise this team to win d Europa League!!
    Or Win up 8 or 9 matches in the EPL b4 the season’s end!!
    A coach that acts with Fear and Too much caution will never amount to Anything!!
    Master of Negative, Dull, Regimented n Static football, reflective of his own time@ur club..
    Gotanidea, Goonerboy and co, who support him wants Arsenal to be Relegated or what??
    Arteta is a Big Disappointment of a Coach!! Wonder what Pep Guardiola will be thinking of him now..😒😒

    1. Aloyinlapa Abdur-Rahman says:

      Are you sure isn’t bloggers art work before you start castigating the coach. It’s an idea from somewhere maybe to tap our technical ability. It’ll do the platform some credit if this is dissected based on the little we also know. It’s gonna be a robbost debate that can benefit some of us with little technical know-how. Yhe Coach might not see our outburst, hence, why don’t we educate ourselves instead. Just a personal opinion devoid of any antagonism to any one. WE ARE THE GUNNERS.

  2. Sue says:

    OT.. Joelinton!!

    1. Sue says:

      Well the lead didn’t last long!!

  3. Kay says:

    Allow me to digress a bit from the above discussion. What does Aubameyang offer this team when he is not scoring goals? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!.No leadership, no desire ,nothing. Just look at the first goal and assess his very poor attempt at stopping Alexander Trent’s cross. Arteta needs to summon courage and drop these overpaid lazy players.

  4. Judith Le'Strange says:

    I would like to think that we could persuade his parent club, to sell him to us as he seems that he’s made Arsenal his home in a very short time. And more importantly he’s slotted in very well and made friends.

  5. Durand says:

    Alas, Arteta tinkering again; taking a player producing in his position and wanting to play him elsewhere.

    The man can’t fix our play from the back, can’t solve team’s attacking woes, and struggles to get them to play together as a team.

    This micro-management of Odegaard is a perfect summation of Arteta. Unnecessary tinkering, ego driven like he knows best while the team regresses all around him.

    Nelson, Saliba, Willock, AMN, Nketiah, and Balogun be like, WTF? Wasn’t Arteta hired to sharpen OUR YOUTH, not needlessly tinker with a loan player who is already producing?

    Cancel this experiment, he has no experience building anything, and we are to trust the “process” of a rebuild? Based on what successful milestones after 15 months?

    I’ll wait……

    1. The Real Vieira Lynn says:

      Durand, I would suggest that, if there’s any truth to this matter, this is more about catering to those fans who have voiced their displeasure about ESR being shoehorned out wide, since Ode has actually played out there, on occasion, unlike ESR, who has spent most of his young career tucked inside…still too prone to tinkering, which is problematic, but likely being used as a damage control carrot

      like yourself, I can’t seem to understand why he chose to talk about the “importance” of yesterday’s game and speak to the need to open things up, all the while knowing that his decided on tactics couldn’t be more negative unless he lined everyone up along the edge of the 18…maybe he’s convinced that enough people are so enamored with him that he can always explain away his failings through his myriad of increasingly nonsensical zoom interviews

    2. Davi says:

      Ego driven? Bit of a leap there – isnt it just trying to determine what works best with the available players? Every manager does this at times.

  6. Wyoming says:

    I thought Arsenal played quite well considering we were playing a rejuvenated Champion team.
    I thought all Liverpool’s goals though well constructed were aided in the end by considerable luck.
    It was not a 0-3 game more like a 0-1.
    Considering we were missing Saka Luiz Xhaka ESR and lost Tierney at 0-0
    overall the team fought valiantly.
    We are not playing a Liverpool on Thursday and hopefully with Xhaka ESR and Saka come back our front line will fire us to a big win over Slavia. Arteta began his coaching career at the richest club in the world with the best squad in the world. So he has very high expectations and standards. It is taking Arteta time to find players capable of implementing his style. But the blueprint is there. Another full season and we will all be singing Artetas praises. The El is within our compass I am sure while 6 wins out of the last 8 in the league are eminently winnable but the focus must be on the EL first. I think Arteta will prove himself to be the right choice starting with a convincing win against Slavia. Then JF will return taking enormous pleasure smiting all the doubters 😄. I of course will just say I am pleased for the club our players coaches and supporters.

  7. Reggie says:

    This article cant be true, it must be a late April fool, it is a rubbish idea and nobody in their right mind would try to change a loan player with about 10 plus games to go. If it is it proves he is not upto it.

  8. guy says:

    Agree Reggie – strange article and I can’t take it seriously.

    1. SueP says:

      Nor me, unless there is the prospect of him staying and the club are keeping quiet

  9. Gmv8 says:

    Would be happier if Balogun was brought into play to challenge Auba. His attitude has been so disappointing since the spuds layoff. Rather than take it as a positive, and behave like a captain, he seems to have gone backwards.. Clearly he is capable, as he was scoring for Gabon, and putting in the effort. I wouldn’t be surprised if the debacle on Saturday was down to lack of leadership on the pitch without Luiz or Xhaka. If Auba is not going to step up, he needs to step down.

    1. Gmv8 says:

      Would be happier if Balogun was brought into play to challenge Auba. His attitude has been so disappointing since the spuds layoff. Rather than take it as a positive, and behave like a captain, he seems to have gone backwards.. Clearly he is capable, as he was scoring for Gabon, and putting in the effort. I wouldn’t be surprised if the debacle on Saturday was down to lack of leadership on the pitch without Luiz or Xhaka. If Auba is not going to step up, he needs to step down.

  10. John Hock says:

    Arsenal really need a quality keeper. Leno is not good enough for the team.

    1. Andy Pav says:

      Really John?? Yes, he was nutmegged, but he´s been consistent throughout, making vital, excellent saves during the course of the season.
      Besides, he was let down by the 10 players in front of him against Liverpool.
      Just my opinion.

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