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Report: 'Exquisite' talent now available on loan; Emery wanted him to replace Ozil at Arsenal

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The Mesut Ozil saga at Arsenal has finally come to an end. The German has been linked with a move away for a while now, but things didn’t quite happen back then.

Unai Emery was clearly not a fan of Ozil. The former Arsenal boss had his fair share of problems with the playmaker. He – like Arteta – refused to play him on multiple occasions and that didn’t go down well.

Reports linked Arsenal with a move for a number of playmakers to replace Ozil. Emery’s pick in 2019, if El Desmarque and AS were to be believed, was Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard.

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The Norwegian was the talk of the town when the Galacticos signed him as a teenager. He didn’t burst onto the scene immediately like many thought he would, but a brilliant loan spell at Real Sociedad last season showed the world what he is capable of.

Everyone expected him to be a regular at Real Madrid this season but Zinedine Zidane isn’t of the same opinion. Odegaard has started just five games all season, and it looks like he is fed up of sitting on the bench.

Marca report that the 22-year-old has asked Real Madrid to let him leave on loan this month. It is claimed that Zidane will hesitantly accept a loan offer should it arrive, and that will alert many clubs.

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Should Arsenal make a move for Odegaard?

Arsenal’s need for creativity is known to one and all. Edu and Arteta are trying hard to get a creative attacker in, but a big-money move this month is looking more and more unlikely.

The Gunners might just have to settle for a short-term option. Odegaard fits that bill perfectly and Arsenal’s relationship with Real Madrid after having signed Dani Ceballos on loan two seasons in a row could give us an edge.

Odegaard, labelled as a player with ‘exquisite’ technique by Real Sociedad legend Roberto Lopez Ufarte, scored seven goals and provided nine assists last term.

He has all the qualities to become a world-class player, and if he can help Arsenal out until the end of this season, it will benefit all parties involved.

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