Arsenal legend Ian Wright has offered some transfer advice to Edu and Mikel Arteta ahead of the summer window.
The former Gunners striker was blown away by Martin Odegaard’s performance against West Ham United. The Norwegian dragged us back from 3-0 down and helped us secure what looked like a very unlikely point.
Odegaard has been receiving plaudits from everyone after how well he has fared over the last few weeks. Wright is absolutely in love with him, and he has urged Arsenal to somehow find a way to secure a permanent deal this summer.
He said on the Wrighty’s House podcast: “Watching Odegaard play for Arsenal, I’m so happy and I’m so sad.
“Simply because when you look at Odegaard’s contribution, and I was thinking with this West Ham game, it’s going to be different, he’s got (Tomas) Soucek and (Declan) Rice.
“He’s going to be playing in that area where he has got some real ballers with him, and I said before the game, I want to see how he does, and not only does he excel, we go 3-nil down, and the man is literally just showing up.
“On the half-turn, his quick thinking, his passes, as soon as he gets it, he already knows what he’s doing. We’ve to find a way to sign him, I don’t know how it’s going to happen. He’s the one.”
The Insider’s View:
Wrighty’s right, Odegaard is the one. However, a permanent deal is easier said than done.
With every good performance, Odegaard’s value is going up by a million or two. Real Madrid will be licking their lips with his displays – both from a financial standpoint as well as with a view of reintegrating into their own squad.
There’s absolutely no reason why Odegaard won’t succeed at the Bernabeu. He can be their creator-in-chief for the next decade, but the good thing for Arsenal is that Zinedine Zidane does not fancy him, and Edu should take advantage of the situation and get a permanent deal secured soon.