Arsenal transfer news: Edu may have advantage over Real Sociedad in Martin Odegaard race | Football | Sport

Arsenal may have a key advantage in the race to sign Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard on loan. Reports on Wednesday claimed Arsenal have made contact regarding a move for the Norway international. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen on bringing in an attacking midfielder in the January transfer window.

Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia and Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt have both also been linked with a move to the Emirates.

However, it appears Arsenal technical director Edu has turned his attention to Odegaard.

Real will allow Odegaard to leave the club on loan and the player is keen to find regular first-team football.

Fellow La Liga side Real Sociedad are also keen on re-signing the 22-year-old, who impressed on loan there last season.

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“Arsenal need to give [Smith Rowe] time to develop,” Lauren told GentingBet.

“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.”

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