Why Martin Odegaard is a Different Option for Arsenal Than Isco
Arsenal need bodies in that area of the pitch and as it grows so unlikely to the point of impossible that they’ll stump up money (they don’t have) this window on a long-term option, temporary signings become the obvious choice.
Isco’s time among Europe’s elite is over, whereas Odegaard’s is only just beginning. His 16 goal contributions for Real Sociedad last season was the closest the world has come to seeing his full potential, and in the right environment he will only continue to reach closer to his ceiling. His tail off in the second half of the campaign coincided with La Real’s overall drop in form.
Wage-wise it’s also kinder on Arsenal, with the difference between the two thought to be in the region of £40k-per-week. What deal Madrid would sanction financially is hypothetical at this stage, but Ceballos’ second spell at the club came without a loan fee and instead saw Arsenal pay his full wages.
Desperate to play football and succeed wherever he may be – one can expect that to be Madrid – Odegaard would arrive hungrier than his fellow teammate. He has a point to prove to the world that was infatuated with his 16-year-old self, thus the drive would undoubtedly be there.
It’s speculation to delve into how either would adapt to Premier League football, therefore the above does aid the discussion over who would be a greater asset. If, and it’s very likely, either of the two joined and failed, you’d rather have the Norwegian with a score to settle battling his way into form.