Arsenal must find a way to keep Martin Odegaard loan out beyond the summer


January is a difficult time to find value in the transfer market. Arsenal, however, found it in Martin Odegaard, the Norwegian midfielder who made the move to north London on loan from Real Madrid mid-season. Odegaard may only be at the club until the end of the season, but he is already a key figure for Mikel Arteta.

The true extent of Odegaard’s influence could be measured in how he pushed to a 3-3 3-0 draw at West Ham United ahead of the international break. “When everyone was shaking a little bit he gave us that stability and that composure on the ball and he created luck after luck,” Arteta said afterwards.

“He’s been showing it, I think, since the first week. The way he walks on the pitch, he always wants the ball, the way he controls the pressing. He was very influential. I think we were all a little surprised because he looks really shy and humble, but when he walks on this pitch he’s a real character and he loves to play football.

Odegaard is Arteta’s perfect midfielder. Many have wondered how the 22-year-old would fit into the same squad as Emile Smith Rowe, another attacking midfielder, but the pair have become the creative center for Arsenal. Odegaard is the kind of center driver the Gunners needed in midfield.

Of course, the problem for Arsenal is that Odegaard is set to return to Real Madrid at the end of the 2020/21 campaign and recent Spanish media reports claim that the Santiago Bernabeu side will likely recall the Norwegian this summer. . In Real Madrid’s eyes, Odegaard is too valuable to let him go.

Despite this, Arsenal must find a way to keep the 22-year-old. Odegaard is the kind of player Arteta can build his team around. There is already strong evidence that the Norwegian would be a good fit for the Gunners and so the element of uncertainty that comes with most transfers would be eliminated.

Even though this is a loan deal for a second season, Arsenal should look to keep Odegaard at the club in any way they can. A permanent transfer might not be possible this summer, but the Gunners can at least keep him on loan long enough to take care of other areas of the squad.

There is also a good reason for the Norwegian to stay in North London. While Zinedine Zidane has hinted that Odegaard will play an important role for Real Madrid this season, cutting short a two-year loan with Real Sociedad last summer, the 22-year-old is yet to be convinced. French.

It was because of this lack of first-team action and managerial confidence that Odegaard asked to leave Real Madrid in the January transfer window. At Arsenal, Odegaard would not only be given regular playing time, he would be a pivot.

“I haven’t thought about what will happen in the summer,” Odegaard said in a recent interview given while on international duty with Norway. “The deal with Arsenal is until the end of the season. We’ll see what happens this summer. I have already said things that I always defend: stability and development are key words.

Stability and development are not things Odegaard is guaranteed to find at Real Madrid. A loan move could be an unstable solution by its very nature, but Arsenal appear to be where the Norwegian continues to grow. At this point in his career, Odegaard needs to play football and Arsenal can give it to him. In return, the midfielder can offer Arsenal a lot. He also showed it.


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