Odegaard ‘made it clear’ that he wants to be at Arsenal

Martin Odegaard is claimed to have made his intentions clear that he would like to stay at Arsenal beyond the summer.

The Real Madrid midfielder moved to North London in January on a temporary loan deal, quickly earning a regular first-team role in our side.

Odegaard appeared to gel quickly alongside fellow future stars Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe in behind the forward, and the link-up play between the trio was exciting to see unfold in front of our eyes.

The Sun‘s Mark Irwin now claims that the Norwegian has made his intentions clear in his want to stay in North London, writing: ‘Odegaard has made it clear that he would like to remain at Arsenal’.

He also adds that his future is unlikely to be decided until a new manager is installed at the Bernabeu however, while our side will be hoping that they can land the midfielder.

TheAthletic also went as far as to insist that Odegaard was the club’s number one target ahead of the upcoming window.

Will Arsenal’s failure to secure European football not have been a big blow to our chances of signing Odegaard on loan or otherwise? Did the youngster really do enough to deserve to be top of our wishlist?

Patrick

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8 Comments

  1. ACE says:

    Not for £50-60M. The kid is an incredible talent
    but I’m not convinced his skill set will translate to
    the physicality of the EPL. MA obviously loves him
    but if Arsenal are willing to spend that kind of
    money it needs to be earmarked for two quality
    additions at positions of need. Buendia (£35M)
    and the RB from Ajax, Mazraoui(£15M) could be
    had for around that £50 number, so to Bissouma
    (Nkietah + £20M) and Max Aarons(£30M).

    With AFC seriously sniffing around Ajax for Ohana
    this could be one of the most chaotic and
    entertaining transfer windows in some time.

  2. guy says:

    Got to agree Ace. We cant afford him at that price, and he was erratic (albeit within an erratic team). We need to spread cash more thinly. Love that he plays the Arsenal way but at to more than 30m – we need other types of players more, and they will I think deliver more often and cost less. Yes his on my list but not at the top.
    Yup should be a fun summer!

  3. jon fox says:

    Realists know that over his short stay he had only two games where he looked good and his goals scored and assists were extremely modest He has skill but for the fees wanted by Real we can do FAR beter elswhere. He is nothing really special and certainly not a proven top quality player.

    To my mind he seems more suited for less physical leagues than our Prem. That is surely the reality of it! With snake Kroenkes moth eaten wallet being hard to prise open, any money that we get must be used far more wisely than on him . Esp at the money he would cost. Not for me then!

    1. ozziegunner says:

      jon, his best game for me was the 3-3 draw with West Ham, where he almost single handedly dragged Arsenal back in the game at 0-3 down.
      He showed great leadership by example.
      For me Real Madrid, given the current market are “having a lend” at £51.5 million.
      Why is it that Arsenal gives players away, yet sellers to the Club are allowed to be extortionate?

      1. jon fox says:

        Ozzie yes , in that West Ham game he looked the real deal But in others he almost disappeared without trace, as Ozil and Walcott so often did for so many years.

        We NEED PLAYERS WHO HAVE THE REGULAR PRESENCE AND SHEER FORCE OF PERSONALITY NEVER TO DISAPPEAR, even if off form. In fact someone like Jordan Henderson, in sheer desire and heart.

        NO player has ANY excuse in my book for not giving 100% effort every time and THAT lack of constant 100% effort, together with an expected high transfer fee to sign him puts me off, big time.

        You need far more than talent alone to succeed in our Prem. And I want us to finally learn the long overdue lesson of the last decade and stop signing players who will not give their all, ALL the time.

        Simple as that really Ozzie.

  4. CorporateMan says:

    The player himself has just been quoted as saying he would love to team up with his compatriot Erling Harland at Real Madrid next season. So…….?
    Me I’d prefer Buendia over Odegaard: PL experience, more physical, wants to come to us, two-footed, probably cheaper…..

  5. ozziegunner says:

    I look forward to a three man midfield of Partey, Bissouma and Willock next season with orders to shoot for goal on sight.

  6. MHR says:

    50 million is a bit too much for him. Arsenal can get Buendia and Mazraoui ( i hope i have the spelling right) in that price. Also, Arsenal can get two kills in a single transaction if they part with Granit Xhaka to Roma, but ask for Justin Kluivert in exchange instead of Diawara.

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