‘Prime position’ – Coveted midfielder believed to favour Arsenal on one condition

Nigel Winterburn has claimed that Arsenal would be at the head of the queue for Martin Odegaard this summer, but only if Mikel Arteta is confirmed as staying.

All fingers point to the Spanish manager retaining his role in North London despite the club being on course to miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years.

While there is nothing official to say he will be sacked, the element of doubt has to remain considering the club’s position, and it wouldn’t be a huge shock if the decision was taken to remove Arteta, and Winterburn believes his extended stay could prove vital in our bid to keep Martin Odegaard.

The Norwegian international joined the club on loan from Real Madrid in January, and has earned a regular starting spot in the team.

It remains to be seen whether he can be afforded the same opportunity back with the Spanish giants, which could well lead to the midfielder to consider his future away from the club, and Winterburn claims Arsenal could be top of his considerations.

“Arsenal would be in prime position,” Winterburn told FreeSuperTips, as transcribed by Goal. “He’s been here [and] he knows what the club is like.

“He probably wants assurances that Arteta is going to be in charge because he wouldn’t want to sign for a different manager.

“He’s usually in the team and he’s shown enough. He’s a link up player, he’s very neat and tidy on the ball and we need creative players in around that area.

“I would think there will be other clubs looking at him as well, if he becomes available.”

Would Odegaard prioritise his happiness and regular playing time at this point in his career, or would Champions League football be high on his wishlist next term?


Tags Martin Odegaard Nigel Winterburn


  1. jon fox says:

    How are we expected to answer your usual question with any knowledge PATRICK! None of us knows what Odegaard will prefer to do, as to the choice you give us. A pointless and unnecessary question once again therefore. The article itself was fine but why these constant silly last line questions?

    1. Gunnerdev says:

      Surely a intelligent man like yourself would realise the point of the question is to get peoples opinions. The result would be more comment and views in the comments section. Its ironic that you finish your comment with your own pointless and unnecessary question. The very thing you chose to complain about.

  2. JanV says:

    To me, Odegaard is massively overrated.

    First of all the price tag mentioned with him is way too high at 50 Million +. Second of all, I doubt he can be effective in the same starting 11 as ESR. Third of all, he is not physical enough. And finally, take his best two games away and you end up with a bit of an anonymous player. Not a player who can unlock games.

    If we are looking for a CM let’s go back in for Aour.

    1. Loose Cannon says:

      if not give Willock a free hand in the games, if he can score against pool or City for Newcastle, then can he not do the same for us? Is ESR and Saka not doing it? Why big fee signings? For one or two game wonders?

      1. Vinnie2000 says:

        Agree with you Guys!!
        Odergaard is too light weight to be an EPL Midfielder!!
        Against Chelsea, he was Terrible and also nervous, like Ceballos!!
        Wat is wrong with diz Real Madrid Boys@Arsenal??
        They should Leave!!
        Joe Willock needs to be persuaded to return as he has fallen in love with Newscastle!!
        But We need him back.
        Willock, Bissouma and Thomas Partey will be Lit..🔥🔥

  3. Reggie says:

    Odergaard, has shown brief glimpses of talent but he isn’t made for the premier league. He doesn’t look like a battler and he hasn’t been consistently good enough to take a chance on. If he is the type of footballer Arteta is going with, we will struggle to score many goals or be productive up front. I dont think he and Esr should play in the same team and esr is better.

  4. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    There’s a pretty simple answer to this quandary, have them both not return

    this sort of unsubstantiated and highly speculative chatter is very commonplace during this time of year…oftentimes it makes perfect sense for both parties involved, especially if the manager is facing considerable criticism and the player in question has significant fan support, as we’ve witnessed on numerous occasions throughout the previous Wenger regime

    likewise for the player, if the current manager was following through on his promises, when it came to playing time and preferred position, it would seem only logical that they might either perpetuate this notion, or at the very least not publicly dispute it..as such, it’s a whole lot of nothing story

    as for the player himself, what he’s shown so far certainly doesn’t justify either a permanent move, especially for what some experts are speculating the fee would be, or another year-long loan…we simply can’t be providing such an inconsistent performer with significant minutes, especially when they have no realistic future with the club…we need to be pursuing a long-term solution in the upcoming window, then have someone already within the organization provide cover, so we can continue to properly develop our younger prospects

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