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News Flash: Former Arsenal youth scout Steve Morrow reveals Martin Odegaard met with Arsene Wenger but rejected move

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It was between the Gunners and Real Madrid to sign the young Norwegian Six Years Ago.

Arsenal’s former head of youth scouting Steve Morrow has revealed that the club very nearly signed Martin Odegaard when he was a teenager but he opted to join Real Madrid at the last minute.

The Norwegian – who moved to the Emirates on loan in January – became one of the most in-demand youngsters in Europe when he made his debut for Stromsgodset at the age of just 15 and attracted a host of high-profile suitors. Now Morrow has revealed that Arsenal made their own push to sign Odegaard six years ago and the young playmaker even met with Arsene Wenger, though he ultimately picked Real Madrid. Odegaard joined Real Madrid in 2015 but has found opportunities limited.

‘I first scouted him when he was 14 and was just amazed by his talent, his technical level and his intelligence for such a young player,’ Morrow told The Times. ‘I put a lot of work in, scouted Martin for 18 months and got very close to him and his family. ‘We had permission from Stromsgodset to invite the player over and it was down to us and Real Madrid. We rolled out the red carpet. ‘He met with Arsene, we took him out for dinner and really showcased the club.  ‘We had a holistic approach, not only developing the player as a footballer but as a human being and teaching him good values, you’re going to learn how to cook, going to visit hospitals, do stuff in the community. ‘Martin massively impressed everyone, including Arsene. We were very, very close to signing him before he made a late decision to go to Real Madrid. ‘He did ring up [to explain]. That was a huge disappointment for me because I thought he was the right fit for us and, more importantly, the right fit for Martin. 

‘I was quite surprised at the decision he made because historically there’s not many young players at 16, 17 who progress into the first team at Real Madrid. ‘Arsene wasn’t afraid to play those young players and we felt that Martin could do that with us. But we’ve gone full circle so it’s worked out well. He ended up back at Arsenal but that was a tough one.’

Odegaard ended up at Arsenal eventually, joining on loan until the end of the season.

Odegaard came on as a late substitute against United, but will be looking to make his full debut today

 

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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.

Team News Is In:

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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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