Saturday, 30 January 2021

Odegaard has something we've been missing - Mikel Arteta

Odegaard has something we've been missing -  Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is happy the club was able to sign Madrid man Martin Odegaard and believes the Norwegian has something the club has been missing.

Odegaard joined Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid after speaking with Mikel Arteta in which the former Pep Guardiola assistant was able to convince him and make him sign for the club.

Ahead of the clash against Manchester United later today, Arteta spoke about the ability Odegaard brings to the squad but also revealed he has to been given enough time to settle into the club.

‘He’s a player that we followed for some time and we believe that he’s got some special qualities that we need, that we have been missing,’ said Arteta. 

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‘Now we have to give him a little bit of time. He hasn’t played that many minutes in Madrid but he’s been training hard and he looks so excited, as we are, to have another big talent at our club.

‘I think in the last few seasons he’s progressed and developed in the right way. I’ve followed him very closely because he played for Real Sociedad, which is my home town. I know him really well.

‘I’ve been really impressed. He’s a such a talent. He needs the right environment, he needs a little bit of time but I think he’s got the qualities to be a success for us.

‘He’s a specialist to play in the pockets, to play in the No.8 or No.10 positions.

‘He can play off the sides. He’s a really creative player who’s really comfortable on the ball in tight spaces.

‘He has the capacity to create chances and to score goals. Something that he has improved a lot is his workrate without the ball as well, so it’s another option to give us more creativity for sure in the final third, and give us more options to set up in different ways against certain teams.’

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