Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has opened up about Martin Odegaard’s potential future at the club, according to Sky Sports.
Arteta is keen to “maximise” the Norwegian’s time at Arsenal, with Odegaard’s loan deal only lasting till the end of the season.
The Gunners boss said this according to Sky Sports: “We have Martin for a few months from Real Madrid and first of all we have to maximise this time with him to try to bring to the team all the qualities he has.”
The Spaniard then went on to discuss his future plans for the loanee, saying that come the end of the season, they will decide whether Arsenal can take their relationship with Odegaard further.
“At the end of the season we will sit together and decide where we can take that relationship forward. At the moment it doesn’t just depend on us.”
The 22-year-old’s most recent loan spell was relatively successful and a good league for development.
Odegaard was sent out on loan to Real Sociedad by Real Madrid in July 2019, where the Norwegian played very regularly.
Odegaard – successful in Sociedad
When on loan with the La Liga side, the 22-year-old played 31 league matches – totalling 2532 minutes on the pitch.
It wasn’t the greatest loan spell in the world, but the Norwegian put up some impressive numbers and Arsenal obviously liked what they saw.
Odegaard scored four goals for Sociedad, with his first for the club coming in his second match for the La Liga side against RCD Mallorca.
He then scored in his fourth league game against Atletico Madrid. Considering the 22-year-old has only played three matches for the Gunners, maybe he can open his account against Manchester City today at 4.30 PM.
Aside from scoring goals, the Real Madrid loanee also got six assists for Sociedad during his time at the club.
Arsenal fans will now be keen to see whether Odegaard can replicate some of this success in north London.
The loanee is yet to score or assist for the Gunners yet, but it’s still very early days – so maybe the 22-year-old just needs a little more time.
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