Haaland agrees with Arteta about Odegaard as Arsenal seek permanent deal

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Erling Haaland agrees with Mikel Arteta that Martin Odegaard is “incredible” when given a run of games.

The Norway captain has had a stop-start career trying to break into the Real Madrid[1] first team and being sent on loan to clubs like Real Sociedad and Heerenveen.

The 22-year-old joined Arsenal[2] in January and has impressed in a short time, prompting calls from Arsenal fans to make the transfer a permanent one at the end of the season.

Gunners boss Arteta has regularly sung Odegaard’s praises, pointing out he is an incredible talent on his day.

Following Arsenal’s comeback against West Ham,[3] Arteta said: “I think he had an incredible performance, he was very intelligent the way he read the game, the way he affected the game and again he showed how much he wants to win.

Erling Haaland agrees with Mikel Arteta that Martin Odegaard is "incredible"
Erling Haaland agrees with Mikel Arteta that Martin Odegaard is “incredible”

“When everyone was a little bit trembling, he gave us that composure on the ball and he created chance after chance.

“I love talented and creative players that all the time are willing to take that ball and make things happen, that are mobile and also hard-working. He is one of them.

“We have some others with different qualities but it’s true that Martin is now giving us a different level on certain things that we didn’t have.”

Odegaard’s Norway team-mate Haaland has previously said the same of his compatriot.

“You need minutes,” explained Haaland. “All they have to do is put him in the line-up and leave him play.

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“We know how good Odegaard can be. When he gains confidence with the ball, you know incredible things can happen.”

Odegaard with Arsenal manager Arteta
Odegaard with Arsenal manager Arteta

Odegaard has dropped hints he would be keen on making his move to Arsenal a permanent one.

He recently told a press conference while on international duty: “I haven’t thought about what’ll happen in summer. The deal with Arsenal is until the end of the season.

“We’ll see what happens this summer. I’ve said things before that I still stand for: Stability and development are keywords.”


  1. ^ Real Madrid (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Arsenal (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ West Ham, (www.mirror.co.uk)

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