Arsenal hope to beat Sociedad in race to loan Ødegaard to Real Madrid | Arsenal
Arsenal are pushing for Real Madrid playmaker Martin Ødegaard on loan for the remainder of the season, with growing optimism they will beat Real Sociedad at his signature.
Ødegaard has been made available for a short-term transfer and would provide, at least until the summer, a high-quality solution to Mikel Arteta’s lack of creative options. Sociedad, with whom he had an excellent loan season in 2019-20, wants his return but Arsenal let’s hope that he will opt for a total change of scenery.
While there is much to be done before Ødegaard’s arrival is near, the signing of the 22-year-old would be an important intrigue given he has shown clear signs of fulfilling the promise that will bring him to life. led to join Madrid at 16.
He has only played nine times in Spain this season, as well as appearances for Norway, and would be a valuable option for an Arsenal side that have become increasingly dependent on the attacking performance of midfielder Emile. Smith Rowe in recent weeks.
Arteta had been quiet when asked on Thursday if he was interested in suing Ødegaard.
Arsenal confirmed a different loan signing on Friday, with goalkeeper Mat Ryan joining Brighton for the remainder of the campaign. Arteta was seeking experienced cover for Bernd Leno, missing since Emiliano Martínez left for Aston Villa in September, and quickly moved when it became clear Ryan was available.
Ryan, an Australian international and childhood Arsenal fan, has made 123 appearances for Brighton since arriving from Genk in 2017, but was abandoned by Graham Potter after the 3-0 defeat at Leicester on December 13. It has been made clear that Robert Sánchez will be Potter’s first choice from there, so Ryan is hoping to carve out a place at Arsenal. He is available for the FA Cup fourth round match at Southampton on Saturday.
Arteta left some wiggle room in the transfer market after Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Mesut Özil, whose move to Fenerbahce is imminent, have been released from their contracts. He admitted that lessons had to be learned from a situation which saw two experienced internationals sacked from his first team while earning a significant salary – in Özil’s case, around £ 350,000 a week.
“You don’t want to take that position back for sure,” he said. “Not for the player, not for the club. But it happens more and more in all clubs. I think you have to have this open communication to prevent it as much as possible and if it happens just make a decision and don’t try to delay a situation that doesn’t work for much longer.
He explained that Arsenal had sought a quicker resolution to the stalemate around the two players. “We tried to resolve these situations at the beginning of the summer, to try to avoid this [happened], but sometimes that is not possible either, ”he said. “This transfer window and the previous one were really complicated and we have a responsibility with these players and have to meet our obligations. That’s what we did until we found a solution.