Could Arsenal Sign Martin Odegaard Permanently?
One of the key elements of the transfer is that Arsenal are not including any purchase option in the deal, a clause that Real Sociedad were keen on adding.
There is still some belief within the Madrid camp that Odegaard has a future in the capital, although from this writer’s point of view, that appears a pipe-dream while Zidane remains in charge.
The Frenchman is quite rigid in his approach, and when he makes a decision, he sticks with it. Just like Odegaard can’t accrue minutes, Isco’s time in the spotlight has dwindled dramatically over recent seasons as Zidane opts for his tried and trusted.
Sources across the board state that this is a simple loan, due to those circumstances, although there will be scope for a review in the summer once the season is concluded. Should Odegaard hit the ground running in north London, or even show glimpses of his ability in the more physical Premier League, Arsenal will be in the best position they can be to secure Odegaard in the long-term.
Nothing is set in stone just yet, but the signs are hugely positive that the Gunners will pull this off. If they do, it has to be considered a major coup on the club’s part.
Without the money to invest heavily this window, a loan option is the best course of action. On top of that, they need someone hungry to make an impression, with a point to prove, not some ageing and deteriorating playmaker who will cost significant wages to act as Emile Smith Rowe’s backing.
In securing Odegaard, Arsenal not only have cover for their 20-year-old star, but someone who fits the system and style under Mikel Arteta, can play in more than one position and is a player whose trajectory is headed in the right direction. Arsenal needed creative cover in the market. It looks like they might succeed. Get him in as soon as possible and let his acclimatise.