Arsenal bringing in Martin Odegaard on a six-month loan deal this January transfer window would solve an issue that won’t be permanently resolved until the summer.
The need for an extra body in attacking midfield will only be truly hammered home should injury strike Emile Smith Rowe. Touch wood such a fate doesn’t befall both him and the club.
Between now and the end of the season, Arsenal could play a maximum of 35 matches, a figure that is a huge load to bestow on a 20-year-old whose breakthrough into the senior side this term only arrived on Boxing Day.
Isco has been mentioned coming from Real Madrid but the deal doesn’t make much sense even if he arrives solely as a backup option to Smith Rowe. A player is needed in this position and as Smith Rowe continues to prove he’s already nailing down that spot long-term, trawling around the market for a viable option who is good enough to fill-in, hungry to succeed and has a point to prove, few options are as wise as Martin Odegaard.
Martin Odegaard wants to leave Real Madrid on loan this January transfer window, why not Arsenal?
As per AS, the Norwegian has requested to leave Madrid on loan this window to accumulate first-team minutes, with his omission from the squad to face Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Real Sociedad, where Odegaard sparkled last term on a season-long loan spell, are the most likely candidates to secure his temporary signing, although Los Blancos may feel less keen on the idea this time around given the two club’s close standings in the league table.
Playing just five minutes of La Liga action since the turn of the year, Zinedine Zidane is expected to grant him the freedom to depart on loan.
If someone is going to come in this window on a short-term basis and provide cover for Smith Rowe, it needs the be the right profile – one that has dwindled to near non-existence given the 20-year-old’s form, asking prices across the continent and the difficulty of the market.
Prizing him away from Los Blancos wouldn’t be impossible, nor would it be easy. Arsenal do have priors with the club though, currently boasting none other than Dani Ceballos on his second loan stint in London.