Spanish outlet Sport claim that Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard wants to return to Arsenal in the coming weeks.
The Norwegian spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates and he was fantastic. He only managed two goals and two assists in all competitions, but his overall impact was really impressive, and Mikel Arteta publicly claimed that he loves him. (Arsenal.com)
Arsenal went into the transfer window with Odegaard as our number one target. We were prepared to do everything possible to bring him back, but his farewell message on Instagram at the start of this month made us believe that he wasn’t coming back. However, there seems to be a twist in the tale now.
Martin Odegaard wants to return to Arsenal
The report claims that the Spanish club’s technicians feel that Odegaard is still immature. New boss Carlo Ancelotti wasn’t pleased with the Norwegian’s performance against Rangers at Ibrox, and the 22-year-old, as a result, ‘does not want to continue at Real Madrid’.
Odegaard apparently believes that Arsenal’s system suits his style of play perfectly. The report claims that he has asked his representatives and Real Madrid to negotiate a return to the Emirates, and the ball could well be in the Gunners’ court now.
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal would undoubtedly love to sign Odegaard on a permanent deal. The Norwegian, labelled as ‘incredible’ by Arteta, is a phenomenal player, and he’s nowhere near his peak just yet.
Without having any time to settle in the Premier League, he came in and impressed almost everybody. He had an ankle issue to deal with as well, but that didn’t stop him from performing at the highest level, which just shows how incredible he is.
Odegaard’s skillset really compliments our front line. His work rate is absolutely incredible, and he is highly effective in finding little pockets of space in the opposition half. He has the ability to drop deep and have a real impact on games as well, which makes him perfect for us.
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It will be really difficult to negotiate a fee with Real Madrid, but Odegaard reportedly being open to a move is good news. It’s now time for Edu and Arteta to work their magic, and if they can bring the Norwegian back to the Emirates on a permanent deal, it could well be their best bit of business yet.