Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell spoke on the Highbury House podcast about his former side’s reported interest in Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard.
The Gunners are on the market for a new number 10. Mikel Arteta and Edu are trying really hard to get a deal done this month, and they will have to hurry up to get someone in as the window shuts in nine days time.
Spanish outlet Sport revealed yesterday that Arsenal are one step away from securing a loan deal for Odegaard. Supporters are really excited about this move, but Campbell believes his former side should look at a player from the other big club in Spain instead of the Real Madrid man.
He said: “I have seen a lot of Odegaard. He was at Real Sociedad last season. He had a couple of seasons on loan there and done really well in a very good side. Gone back to Real Madrid and hasn’t quite hit the ground running or anything like that.”
“He has played a few games. He’s an immensely talented kid. Again, I’m not sure the Premier League is for him. He could come in and he could smash it because he’s got that much talent. Or it might not work out.”
“If we could try it then why not? Because he is a very good player. There’s him and there’s a kid called Riqui Puig at Barcelona. He is dynamite this kid, I’m telling you. He’s very good. He could solve quite a lot of those midfield issues because he’s a ball-player with energy to burn.”
Riqui Puig or Martin Odegaard?
Both Puig and Odegaard are incredibly talented. The duo could go on to be the biggest stars in world football in the coming years, but at the moment, they are in the same boat in terms of lack of game time.
The Athletic revealed not too long ago that Arsenal have been watching Puig for years. He would be just as good a signing as Odegaard, but at this moment in time, a deal for the Real Madrid man looks easier to complete.
The Norwegian is very similar to Mesut Ozil in terms of his quality between the lines in the final third. He is a bigger goal-threat than the German too which makes him the perfect option for Arsenal and Arteta this month.