Arsenal approach Martin Odegaard over loan deal but Norwegian appears set for Real Sociedad return

Arsenal approach Martin Odegaard over loan deal but Norwegian appears set for Real Sociedad return

The rise of Smith Rowe

Emile Smith Rowe’s burst into the Arsenal first-team has been an enormous help to Mikel Arteta in turning the Gunners’ form around. Since he was selected against Chelsea on Boxing Day, Arsenal have not lost a single Premier League match, winning four and drawing once against Crystal Palace.

It was suggested by Gunners technical director Edu that the club would look to add creativity in the January transfer market. But, on the back of Smith Rowe’s emergence, questions have since been asked as to whether Arsenal will in fact opt to pursue their targets.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on December 29, 2020 in Brighton, England.The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on December 29, 2020 in Brighton, England.The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

It would be naive, though, for Arsenal to choose not to pursue anyone in the January window. Should the England youth international succumb to an injury or, during these difficult times, need to self isolate due to a positive Covid-19 test, it would leave his side very thin on the ground.

Mikel Arteta’s current options to replace Smith Rowe are somewhat unorthodox. The likes of Willian and Bukayo Saka have both been tried in the role, along with youngster Joe Willock, but this has not given rise to much success.

The Odegaard option

Therefore, it is unsurprising to hear that Arsenal have reportedly approached Real Madrid regarding a loan deal for Norwegian international Martin Odegaard.

The attacking midfielder spent last season on loan at Real Sociedad, and did well in the Basque country. He scored 4 goals and assisted a further 6 in La Liga, but, since returning to the Bernabeu this season, has failed to record a single goal or assist for Los Blancos.

It is therefore understandable that the 22-year old would want to move out on loan in order to secure more regular game-time, and recapture the form which saw him impress so much for Sociedad.

Martin Odegaard

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 29: Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid CF leaves the pitch after his warming up before the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and UD Almeria at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 29, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

A loan move is also favourable for Arsenal, because they would not be committed to the player. No serious transfer fee would be attached, meaning the Premier League giants could look for more established and senior targets in the summer, should Odegaard not add the desired quality.

The Gunners have been linked with a number of targets, most notably Norwich City’s Emi Buendia, but the Argentine’s price-tag may see Arsenal wait until the summer before trying to sign him.

Any move for Odegaard could, however, be tricky, with Spanish media sources reporting that the Norwegian is in fact close to securing a loan back to Sociedad until the end of the season.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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