Arsenal have clearly landed a gem in Martin Odegaard, with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane visibly disappointed the youngster decided to leave the Spanish capital.
The Gunners landed the Norwegian last month on a loan deal until the end of the campaign.
Odegaard's decision to leave Madrid was brought about by his desire for more gametime, something which Mikel Arteta claims he can offer.
And Zidane's recent comments should please Arsenal fans, with the Frenchman admitting he begged the former Real Socieded loanee to stay put at the Bernabeu before his January departure.
"[Odegaard] wanted to leave," Zidane said.
"We have talked about it two or three times. He is a player who wants to play.
"It was the player's demand [to leave]. I told him that he had to stay, fight, have peace of mind, because this is a long process.
"He's a player who I asked for us to bring in [after spending last season on loan at Real Sociedad].
"It has not been the case and in the end it is everyone's decision. I hope he is happy."
Arsenal's former head of youth scouting Steve Morrow admits Arsene Wenger attempted to land Odegaard before his initial switch to Real Madrid.
"I first scouted him when he was 14 and was just amazed by his talent, his technical level and his intelligence for such a young player," Morrow told The Times.
"I put a lot of work in, scouted Martin for 18 months and got very close to him and his family.
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"We had permission from Stromsgodset to invite the player over and it was down to us and Real Madrid. We rolled out the red carpet.
"He met with Arsene, we took him out for dinner and really showcased the club.
"We had a holistic approach, not only developing the player as a footballer but as a human being and teaching him good values, you’re going to learn how to cook, going to visit hospitals, do stuff in the community.
"Martin massively impressed everyone, including Arsene. We were very, very close to signing him before he made a late decision to go to Real Madrid."
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