Arteta discusses the Odegaard file

Arteta discusses the Odegaard file
Arteta discusses the Odegaard file

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager, has admitted there is a good chance his club will sign Norwegian Odegaard.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expects to hear more about the club’s pursuit of Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid on Saturday, with the Gunners apparently in need of some creative force in midfield after falling to Southampton in the FA Cup .

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The Saints recorded their first victory against Arsenal in the competition on Saturday afternoon, with a goal against his own side Gabriel Magalhaes, after the shot from Kyle Walker-Peters, sealing the qualification.

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The disappointing performances of top duo Willian and Nicolas Pepe were among the topics discussed after the Cup elimination, but Odegaard’s potential arrival gave fans something to look forward to after this underperformance.

“I don’t know, obviously we played today and since last night I haven’t heard from him”, Arteta said of the talks to bring in the Norwegian. “I’m probably going to get a few phone calls today and see where we’re at with each deal.”

Emile Smith Rowe’s emergence as Arsenal playmaker has raised the question of whether the arrival of Odegaard, 22, would slow the progress of the former, but Arteta insists there always has a clear plan in place for the development of individualities. “I cannot speak of any player who is not with us”, did he declare. “We have a very clear idea of ​​how we want to develop our players and what they need to get there. All the decisions we make are aimed at strengthening that development and trying to give them the best possible chance. “

Fans may wonder if things would have turned out any differently if captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had made an appearance against the Saints, with the Gabonese striker having been removed from the squad shortly before kick-off. Arteta said to justify this decision: “He had a personal problem the last few hours and we had to fire him.”

Arteta was unable to confirm if he would be able to count on the former Stéphanois for the next match, scheduled for Tuesday. Another face to face with Southampton at the Prime Minister. League. “I do not know”, said the Spanish coach. “He has to tackle this problem to see how it evolves. We are there, we will have to support it. He must take the necessary time, because it is a priority at the moment. “

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