The Gunners have loaned the Norwegian playmaker on loan for the remainder of the season, but several other summer goals are being discussed.
Thomas Partey says it’s “amazing” to have Martin Odegaard at Arsenal, the Gunners midfielder hoping a Norwegian playmaker can help Mikel Arteta’s side achieve their ultimate goals before the options of transfer are evaluated.
A highly rated 22-year-old midfielder is ready to see the season at Emirates Stadium, with lack of playing time under Zinedine Zidane at Santiago Bernabeu leading a former teenage prodigy to north London.
It remains to be seen how much time Odegaard will spend in English football, with various alternate targets for Arteta, but Partey is delighted to have him on board.
What was said?
“It’s difficult when you play against him. I remember playing against him, he’s so smart, he’s always quick with the ball, he doesn’t give you a chance to win the ball, ”said Partey. Astro Stadium.
“It’s amazing to have him here. I hope he has a great season and can help us achieve what we want to achieve.
What are the conditions of the Odegaard loan?
There is no purchase obligation included in the deal that put Odegaard on Arsenal’s books.
As it stands, he will be back in Madrid at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
The Gunners may decide to explore the option of a permanent deal, as the general consensus is that long-term successors are needed to fill Mesut Ozil’s boots.
A World Cup winner left for Fenerbahce during the winter transfer window, ending a long saga about his future.
Odegaard helps fill this void, but has been limited to two alternate appearances As long as Emile Smith Rowe has a No. 10 role on Arteta’s side.
The bigger picture
Arsenal are linked with a number of creative midfielders heading into summer.
Odegaard has put himself in the showcase taking on a challenge in the Premier League, but there is no guarantee he could be prized from the clutches of Real.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is seen by many as a role model at Emirates Stadium, while a long-standing interest has been held in Lyon star Houssem Aouar – a man who expects him to lose a lot of money from the comfort of his native France in the near future.