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Martin Odegaard pinpoints the difference between Arsenal and Real Madrid’s dressing room cultures

Martin Odegaard pinpoints the difference between Arsenal and Real Madrid’s dressing room cultures

Odegaard’s Arsenal move made permanent

Martin Odegaard rejoined Arsenal this summer in a deal worth 40 million euro, from Real Madrid.

The Norwegian spent the latter half of last season on loan at the Emirates, but was convinced to make the switch permanent ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

He has since become a key cog in Mikel Arteta’s side, playing in all five of the Premier League games for which he has been available this season, although the midfielder has just the solitary goal to show for his efforts.

Odegaard compares locker rooms

Speaking to TV2 during the international break, Odegaard was quick to point out the difference between the dressing room cultures at Arsenal and Real Madrid, eagerly highlighting the world class stars that he had shared a locker room with in Spain:

“Of course, there were many tough periods. I experienced a lot with both the first team and the second team.

“I have been close to the best and biggest. It made me stronger. I feel I have grown a lot on it.

“There were some tough periods, but also a lot of good that I have experienced. 

“Being so close to the best in the world is special. I have learned a lot from it.”

However, the Norwegian international then went on to discuss how much more welcoming and friendly the Gunners’ dressing room has proven, with Odegaard explaining:

“When you are at the highest level, it is not as easy to make friends and that kind of thing.

“At least not when you are young and come from somewhere else.”

 “It’s (Arsenal’s dressing room) quite large, I would say. I think it’s a bit like that in the biggest clubs. It gets a little more scattered and all that.

“I’m very happy where I am now, a very nice squad and a good bunch. It’s nice and easy to thrive.”

Will Odegaard indeed thrive in north London, and become the key man that Arsenal desperately need him to be?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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