“We know how good Odegaard can be” Arteta urged to give new signing game time

Erling Haaland has urged Mikel Arteta to give game time to Martin Odegaard, and he will show what he is capable of.

Both players are friends and teammates in the Norwegian national team, and the Borussia Dortmund striker knows what Odegaard can do.

The Gunners sealed the loan move of the Real Madrid midfielder until the end of the season, this week.

After struggling for playing time in the first half of the season, he is expected to play more often at Arsenal.

The Gunners have struggled with creativity in the last few months and were always going to target another midfielder in this transfer window.

Now that they have Odegaard, they will have to give him playing time to ascertain his level of quality.

Haaland says the midfielder is very talented and does great things when he is on the ball, Arsenal just needs to give him chances to impress.

He told Norwegian news outlet VG: “It will be interesting. Arsenal are a big club in England.

“It’s a bit different football, but I think he can fit in well with Mikel Arteta in the No10 role.

“He can enjoy himself there. He has to get in there and simply start playing games.

“That’s what he needs. We know how good Odegaard can be.

“When he gains confidence with the ball, we know that the most incredible things can happen.”

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  1. I would have prefer Isco 2 him but I must confess, the kid’s good. Will our sentimentall Arteta give him game time ? Ask the gods.

    1. This don’t make sense.
      So Arteta asks for him to join Arsenal on loan just to play this made up game / conspiracy some of you people have convinced yourselves of?
      Don’t tell me you also believe on the Trump (Stop The Steal) conspiracy theory?

      1. “Now we have to give him a little bit of time. He hasn’t played that many minutes in Madrid, but he’s been training hard and he looks so excited, as we are to have another big talent at our club.

        Arteta’s words so not so much of a conspiracy now Goonster…

    2. Sentimental is precisely what MA is NOT! He is a pragmatist and not inclined toward sentimentalty when selecting teams. Nor is any manager worth his salt. And MA IS worth a great deal of salt, IMO.

  2. Arteta has made selection mistakes as we all know, but not from sentimentality. One thing I would say – we paid not a small loan fee for Odegaard, and he is not here for long. It would be a great pity if we don’t give the guy same decent game time early on. Imagine if we allow him to “acclimatise” and get “match fit” as MA is inclined to do. Then we give him 10 minutes from the bench for a few games, which honestly won’t tell us much. Then we eventually start him and he’s amazing, which I truly believe he could be. But by then we only have him for 10 more games. What a waste that would be. So we must use him quickly – otherwise what’s the point?

    1. 👍 Odegaard can always be phased in by starting games and then being substituted if he tires, until full match fitness is achieved.

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