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News Flash: Arsenal only made move for Martin Odegaard after approach for Barcelona wonderkid was rejected



Martin Odegaard was not Arsenal’s first-choice target to fill the number 10 role with the Gunners only approaching Real Madrid after being rebuffed by Barcelona, according to reports.

The north London club were eager to bring in more creativity in the January window – particularly with Mesut Ozil having left – and eventually managed to sign Odegaard on loan until the end of the season. However, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed on his Here We Go podcast that Arsenal originally had their eye on a different La Liga playmaker: Barca’s Riqui Puiq. Puig has started to feature more regularly after barely playing earlier this season.

The Gunners approached Barca about a possible deal for a player who, until that point, had not started a single match in La Liga and the Catalan club were open to doing a deal. However, they left the decision up to manager Ronald Koeman and he was reluctant to let Puiq leave, having decided to begin reintegrating him into the first team. After making just one substitute appearance in the first 15 games of the Liga season, Puig has now played in four of Barcelona’s last seven league matches and scored against Elche.

Puig even came off the bench to net against Elche at the end of January

The player himself has always been reluctant to leave Camp Nou, even on loan, and was not tempted by Arsenal’s interest – particularly with his manager starting to show faith in him for the first time. Barca informed Arsenal midway through January that Puig would not be leaving, with the Gunners then switching their attention to trying to sign Odegaard.

Arsenal had proposed a loan deal with a buy option for Puig, which Barca had initially appeared open to, but they could not manage to persuade Real to include a buy option in the deal for Odegaard, who is expected to return to the Bernabeu in the summer. Odegaard is yet to start for Arsenal, making two brief cameos off the bench against Manchester United and Aston Villa,

Odegaard has played just two games for Arsenal, All as a substitute

but he is likely to be giving a spot in the starting XI in the coming days, either against Leeds United in the Premier League.




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Livestream: Arsenal vs Villarreal CF



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



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”



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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