According to The Athletic, Martin Odegaard is set to hand Arsenal a huge blow as it looks likely that he will stay at Real Madrid beyond the end of the summer transfer window.
The Norwegian forced his way out of the Spanish capital on loan in January. He was fed up with life under Zinedine Zidane, and Mikel Arteta offered him a way out.
Odegaard became a huge hit at the Emirates. He impressed everybody and convinced Arteta, Edu and Arsenal to make him their number one summer target. Sadly, that pursuit is set to end in disappointment.
The report claims Zidane’s departure from the Bernebeu has offered hope to Odegaard about cementing a regular spot there. Carlo Ancelotti is set to give him a chance to deliver, and that almost certainly rules out a return to Arsenal.
The report claims that the only way Arsenal can sign Odegaard is if the Norwegian forces his way out of Real Madrid, just like he did in January. That, sadly, is extremely unlikely, and we will have to look elsewhere now.
What next for Arsenal after missing out on Martin Odegaard?
Emiliano Buendia was reportedly our alternative but solely focusing on Odegaard opened the door for Aston Villa to sign him. That could prove to be a costly error now as the Argentine would’ve been an amazing signing for us.
Nabil Fekir is another name doing the rounds, but the report claims that he isn’t under serious consideration. Hakan Calhanoglu has also been linked and he will be available for free, but there are other clubs keen to sign him as well.
It will be interesting to see who Arsenal will turn to now that Odegaard is off the list. Edu and Arteta have to get this right in the coming weeks. If not, we will end up with Willian as our only option apart from Emile Smith Rowe in attacking midfield.