Martin Odegaard reveals what happened in Arsenal’s first trial under Arsene Wenger
Every world football club has a catalog of “what if” stories. You know those, “Ronaldinho’s bus broke down on the way to the doctor” and “Paolo Maldini’s pen ran out of ink when he was about to sign the contract”.
Arsenal have no shortage of such stories, Arsene Wenger particularly often revealing which ones have escaped. However, it turns out that at least one of those tales had a happy sequel.
Having signed for Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season, Martin Odegaard has revealed that he actually spent a week on trial at the club during Wenger’s reign.
The Norway international ultimately opted to sign for La Liga giants Real Madrid, but admitted he enjoyed his short stay in north London.
“I was at the club and trained a bit, chatted with the club and had a really good shot when I was here,” he said on the club’s official YouTube channel. . “I thought about it a lot but in the end it was not my decision at the time but I had a great time and I remember it well.
“Every time I’ve heard of the club I’ve had a good feeling and now I’m here so maybe it’s meant to be.”
Odegaard joins Arsenal at a time when the club are enjoying their best form of the season. Mikel Arteta’s men are unbeaten in six Premier League appearances – a string of results that have seen them climb to the top half of the table.
The lender was asked what he hopes to accomplish during his time at Emirates Stadium and he is confident of a good finish given the quality Arteta has.
“I just want to help the team as much as possible – I think that’s the most important thing, getting into the team, trying to improve and help achieve all of our goals for this year,” he said. he declares. “It’s a good team and a strong team, so I just hope I can help make it even better.”
Clearly undeterred by his allegiance to parent club Real Madrid, Odegaard spoke of his dreams of emulating former Barcelona player Cesc Fabregas when asked about his Arsenal idols.
“There was a lot [of Arsenal players I admired]”, He added.” But I think [Cesc] Fabregas, for me, was one of my idols when I grew up. So especially him.
“The way he controls the game, the way he dictated the game, his ability to give assists and also to score goals. Everything about his game. I tried to learn as much as possible when I grew up watching him. He was the best player.