Arsenal are in talks with Real Madrid over a loan deal for Martin Odegaard. Mikel Arteta is keen to improve his Gunners squad in the January transfer window, especially after seeing Mesut Ozil depart for Fenerbahce. And they could be about to do business with the La Liga giants again, having already struck a loan deal for Dani Ceballos twice.
Arsenal have seen Emile Smith Rowe sparkle for the Gunners in the No 10 role of late.
But, despite that, Arteta knows he needs more creativity if his side are to climb up the Premier League table following an inconsistent start to the campaign.
Ozil’s move to Fenerbahce was rubber-stamped earlier this week, with the Germany international departing after seven-and-a-half years in north London.
And Sky Sports‘ Paul Gilmour has claimed Arsenal are now in talks with Madrid over a loan deal for Odegaard.
“Exclusive: #AFC make approach to Real Madrid for Martin Odegaard. Madrid considering. Arteta big fan & Odegaard keen on regular first team football. Not a given, other interest in him,” he said on Twitter.
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Odegaard was recently urged to quit Madrid by Ceballos, having struggled for game time at the Bernabeu this term.
The Norway international has made just seven La Liga appearances after returning to the club after a successful loan stint at Real Sociedad.
And Ceballos said: “Young players need to play regularly.
“At Real Madrid, I needed to know that I would have equal opportunities. I was obsessed with playing again.
“I wasn’t getting minutes, but I realised it was best to work and reverse the situation and be important [with another club].
“If I do this [go on loan], I’ll play again. It couldn’t have been any clearer.
“I can tell you what happened to me at Madrid.
“I don’t know exactly what will happen with Martin Odegaard, but it is obvious that any player who wants to succeed at Madrid is going to grab the opportunity he has.”
Luka Modric also talked up Odegaard by saying: “I like Odegaard as a player and as a person.
“The advice I can give him is to keep working and fighting to have his place in the team.
“When it is his turn to play, he must show why he is here, make a difference and help the team.
“It is the coach’s decision. Here, when you get to play, you must give your best, perform at your best and nothing else.
“Not rotating is the coach’s decision, you don’t have to look for other reasons for this, and that’s it.”
Arsenal legend Lauren, meanwhile, was recently pressed on if the Gunners should recruit in January.
And he said: “That is a question for Edu and Arteta!
“Arsenal need to give him time to develop.
“When youngsters pop up in the first team, they need people around them to help them improve.
“Arsenal can’t put all the responsibility on Emile Rowe Smith or Saka because their level might drop over the season – they have just started and they are too young to have all the responsibility.
“They need top players around them to reach their potential.”