Arsenal boss Arteta provides Martin Odegaard transfer update
Martin Odegaard could be set to wear the No 10 shirt at Arsenal. The Real Madrid star is close to joining the Gunners, becoming their second arrival of the transfer window. And, if Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton is anything to go by, his arrival shall certainly provide Mikel Arteta with a substantial boost.
Arsenal were lacklustre against Southampton, with Arteta’s side exiting the FA Cup courtesy of Gabriel Magalhaes’ own goal.
But the good news is Odegaard’s move to north London appears to be edging closer.
The Real Madrid star was excellent for La Liga side Real Sociedad last term, shining before football was halted by the coronavirus crisis.
And Arsenal are hopeful he can provide them with some much-needed creativity, especially with Mesut Ozil leaving for Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
Kike Marin has covered the story of Odegaard’s imminent move to north London for Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
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And he’s now teased Odegaard will wear the No 10 shirt, taking to Twitter with a mocked up image showing the playmaker with the jersey on his back.
Whether he takes that number remains to be seen.
But it’s certainly possible, especially with Ozil departing the club after seven-and-a-half years in north London.
Arsenal have a mixed record when it comes to players wearing the No 10 shirt, especially in recent years.
Ozil took it after Jack Wilshere’s exit in 2018 but, in truth, the Germany international’s best performances for the club came prior to that.
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Wilshere himself started off his career in stylish and slick fashion but the England international, due to injury, wasn’t able to realise his potential.
Robin van Persie wore it for two seasons but his move to Manchester United in 2012 has tarnished his legacy in the time since.
And before that was William Gallas, whose strop at Birmingham City in 2008 led to the Gunners’ title charge falling apart.
Meanwhile, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has opened up on Odegaard and how his move to the Emirates Stadium could impact Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe.
He said on his YouTube channel: “Only about a month and a half ago or so, Arsenal were thinking of letting him (Emile Smith Rowe) go on loan.
“But things have changed in recent times because he has showed that he has the consistency and the ability to stay in the first team.
“Perhaps he can play wide if necessary, in a different part of the pitch, or just be there while Odegaard gets adapted to the rhythm and the team and the system of an Arsenal side that will play him.
“That is what has been promised. There will be lots of minutes, and that’s why Arsenal have become the biggest option, also because Real Madrid didn’t want to offer him to Real Sociedad.”
Arsenal chief Edu, meanwhile, recently teased a new playmaker arriving.
“It’s quite clear what we need,” Edu told supporters at a fans’ forum.
“We need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now.”
The signing of Odegaard will take some of the pressure off of Smith Rowe who has become so integral to the Gunners in recent weeks.
But whether the Norwegian can help Arsenal turn their faltering season around remains to be seen.
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