Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has previously said it is possible for Martin Odegaard to stay at the Emirates Stadium beyond his initial loan from Real Madrid as he is the exact type of player the Gunners have been looking for at his post.
Odegaard has joined Arsenal on a short-term deal until the end of the season, a deal that is expected to cost the club around £ 2.8million in loan fees and salaries. But there is no option to secure his signature permanently, so any transfer at this point will have to be negotiated with Real.
“He certainly has all the qualities and characteristics that we are looking for, for this position,” said Arteta, speaking to the media, via Arsenal.com.
“Then [staying] will be reduced to two things. First of all, how well he fits here and what impact he can have on our team. Second, what Real Madrid and the player think about it, because it belongs to Real Madrid and the player has a say as well.
Odegaard wanted to leave Madrid because he didn’t have the playing time he thought he would have when his parent club cut their previous loan to Real Sociedad last summer.
“He is a player that we have followed for quite some time and we think he has special qualities that we miss,” said Arteta.
“I followed him very closely because he played for Real Sociedad, which is my hometown. I know him really well. I was really impressed. It is such a talent. He needs the right environment, he needs a little time but I think he has what it takes to be a success for us.
Discussing the role Odegaard will play for Arsenal, Arteta went on to explain: “He’s a specialist to play in the pockets, to play in No.8 or 10 positions. He can play off the sides. He’s a really creative player who is really comfortable on the ball in tight spaces. He has the ability to create chances and score goals.
“What he improved a lot is his pace of work without the ball as well, so that’s another option to give us more creativity for sure in the last third, and give us more options for us. prepare in different ways against some teams. “
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