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Arsenal or Real Madrid? Odegaard answers questions on his long-term future

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Martin Odegaard answered questions on his long-term future on Sunday, after making the first start of his loan spell at Arsenal.

 

Martin Odegaard is only on a simple loan deal with Arsenal as things stand, without an option to buy. Reports in the media suggest Arsenal will reassess his situation in talks in the summer, but ultimately it will be up to the player and Real Madrid.

 

Guillem Balague recently claimed there’s little-to-no chance of Odegaard joining Arsenal on a permanent deal, but the 22-year-old remained non-committal on his future when asked on Sunday.

 

 

“You never know what is going to happen,” Odegaard admitted. “For now, I am just focusing on doing my best this season and helping the team as much as possible.”

 

The good news is that he seems to be happy with his start in North London so far. The midfielder made a positive full debut at the weekend, and he says everyone at Arsenal has helped him to settle in since his move.

Ødegaard Makes His Full Debut As Arsenal Blown Pass Leeds United On Sunday

 

“It’s a bit different but I think I am adapting pretty okay,” Odegaard told Arsenal.com. “The way they took me into the team – my teammates – and how they treated me, as well as the manager and everyone in the club, they helped me since the first minute.

 

“I feel really comfortable and a part of the team, so it’s been easy to come into this team because of the way they are and the way they treated me. I’m just really happy to be here and I’m proud to be a part of this team.”

 

Based on Arsenal’s step up in performance at the weekend, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Odegaard earning himself further starts in the coming weeks and months. That’s what he’s here for, after all.

 

If he can help Arsenal snatch a European qualification spot, either through the league or the Europa League, I’m sure the club would be keen to reward him with a long-term deal.

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Livestream: Arsenal vs Villarreal CF

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Villareal Is Defending Everything Arsenal is throwing their way, Will Arsenal break their wall an bang in goals, it a question that needed an urgent response from the Gunners..

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Arsenal vs Villarreal – Line-Up, Formations Kick Off Time Confirmed

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It’s One Of The Most Entertaining Game Of The Season, One That Will Renew Arsenal Champions League Hope Next Season, Or Mar It.

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Just In: Arteta backs “hungry” Auba, Emery wary of his former “killer”

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Mikel Arteta says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “hungry to do something” after returning to full fitness following a bad encounter with malaria.

After ending the last campaign as the club’s FA Cup-winning hero, the 31-year-old club captain, fresh from signing a big-money contract extension, was supposed to be the talismanic figurehead as his manager’s project stepped up a gear. It hasn’t worked out that way.

While 15 goals and 3 assists are nothing to sniff at, our striker’s goal tally is way down on what Gunners fans have been used to since he joined from Dortmund in January 2018.

With teammates not exactly picking up the slack, the lack of killer instinct has cost the team dearly on the domestic front and hopes of qualifying for the Champions League now hang by a thread.

While a number of factors have played a part in Auba’s hit-and-miss performances – off-field issues and a lack of creativity around him certainly haven’t helped – Arteta believes his striker is in the mood to put things right.

“You know Auba’s character, he’s someone really lively, always joking, always smiling,” said the boss ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Villarreal.

“He had a difficult season so many of us as a club and a staff try to support him as much as possible the way that the team did as well.

“When he had some personal issues they were right behind him. As I said before football gives you an opportunity. He’s in a good place right now and he’s very hungry to do something.”

He added: “Everything affects but you have to come through that. It’s about how you react to the difficulties in your career which you’re going to have at some stage.

“He had some this season and it’s about showing the direction and the capacity to overcome that.”

The importance of delivering on the pitch tonight isn’t lost on Aubameyang. In fairness, he’s done pretty well in big games since he joined and this is certainly one of those.

Reflecting on the job at hand, he said: “I am really excited to play this game tomorrow because it is a big game and it’s a big moment for all of us. Hopefully, we deliver again.

“For sure it will be one of [the biggest games of my Arsenal career]. Definitely this season is the most important game and we know that we have to win this game.

“It is a big opportunity for us to get to the final, we play at home and this is maybe the biggest game of my Arsenal career.”

Having worked with him for 18 months, former boss Unai Emery is certainly wary of the striker leading Arsenal’s attack.

“Aubameyang is a killer,” said the Villarreal coach on Wednesday. 

“He was, he is and he will always be. He has been through a process of being out of the team because of the illness he has had but he is back.

“He is there to work, to defend the team and give everything for the team, hoping he can perform at the top level and if that happens he is going to be very difficult to stop.

 

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