The Athletic revealed recently that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard on top of his wish list.
The Norwegian came in on loan in January and became a huge hit at the Emirates. He only managed two goals and two assists in all competitions, but he brought so much more than just goal contributions to Arsenal’s game, and that made Arteta fall in love with him.
The Arsenal boss lauded his quality, ability and attitude after his brilliant performance against West Ham back in March. He labelled Odegaard as ‘very intelligent’ and ‘very influential‘, and that convinced fans that we would do everything to bring him back.
Like every smart club would, Arsenal had backups in mind. The report from The Athletic revealed that Arteta and Edu really admire Emi Buendia, but it was claimed that a move for the Argentine would only be made if a deal for Odegaard became impossible.
Well, it looks like we’ve reached that point now.
Have Arsenal have given up on signing Martin Odegaard?
Last night, The Sun revealed that Arsenal had tabled an opening £30 million bid to sign Norwich City star Buendia. The Canaries quickly rejected it, but everyone expects the Gunners to go back with an improved offer.
However, the fact that we’ve officially made a move for Buendia surely means that we have accepted defeat in our pursuit of Odegaard.
If Buendia comes in, he will be an option as a number 10 as well as out wide. Emile Smith Rowe will remain our first-choice attacking midfielder, while Joe Willock might also be an option in that position.
That completely eliminates the need for Odegaard, which really is a shame considering the promise he showed in his four months here with us.
The Insider’s View:
If Arsenal have moved on from Odegaard to Buendia, it either means that Real Madrid have told us to go away, or we’ve realised that we will not be able to meet the Galacticos’ demands for the Norwegian.
That’s depressing but the good news here is that the Gunners have acted early. We’ve often seen Arsenal remain quiet on the market until the final week of the window, and that has resulted in missing out on a number of world-class players.
It now looks like we’ve learned our lesson. Edu has probably realised that a deal for Odegaard is impossible. As a result, he has jumped in with a bid for Buendia to avoid missing out on him too, and that is a really smart move.
Hopefully, it works out in the coming weeks.