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Only one target to start this morning and that’s late night reports from Spain that Arsenal and Real Madrid are in’ advanced’ talks over the transfer of Martin Odegaard.

AS, the Madrid located daily, described the cope as’ imminent ‘, and later David Ornstein Tweeted that while there were still some things to sort out, we’d be paying a fee of around EUR3 5m to accompany the Norwegian international in on a permanent basis. Quite often, Real want to add buy-back clauses to players they sell( just in case ), and while these are rarely activated, that’s not going to be part of this deal.

If all goes to plan Martin Odegaard’s proposed carry-over from Real Madrid to Arsenal will be for around EUR3 5m& he may be in contention to feature vs Chelsea on Sun- but still a fair amount of work to be done before accomplished @TheAthleticUK #RMFC #AFC #CFC https :// t.co/ eoSXmLY5ts

— David Ornstein (@ David_Ornstein) August 17, 2021

Odegaard did civilize yesterday, but did so away from the main group in order to ensure he didn’t pick up an injury which might scupper the send. Given his history with us and positions of communications, you have to assume that personal expressions are not an issue at this object, so it comes down to how quickly the two associations can get everything sorted out. If it happens quickly enough, he could be in the squad to face Chelsea on Sunday, and while that game feels like quite a daunting task at this moment in time, it would be slightly less so with an addition like this.

I’ve experience all along that Odegaard was our number one target this summer, and I don’t think links to James Maddison certainly stood up to a great deal of scrutiny. Mikel Arteta knows and affections the participate; Martin knows the society, the Premier League, and the majority of members of his teammates, so we’re not facing any issues of adaptation; and EUR3 5m for a 22 time aged who has his best times in front of him really feels like a good deal to me.

We need more originality, we need someone who can supplement and corroborate Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, and I consider Odegaard can do that. I realise his crowds were a bit underwhelming during his loan spell, with two goals and two was participating in 20 games, and while I’m not making any justifies for him, I do think that ankle injury he sustained on international office was more serious than we knew. I believe he has the talent and the ability to deliver much more than that over such courses of a full season.

The other thing about this subscribe is that it’s future-proofed against any changes to the manager. Whatever you think about Arteta, where we are right now and where we might be going, the fact the team are ratifying players in their early 20 s may seem like the right thing to do as we look to rebuild. Obviously we’d all like to see a bit more, but as a strategy, it reaches gumption. If Arteta is moved on, the next mortal isn’t having to come in and sobbing absolutely everything up to start again. The pieces he will have to pick up haven’t been demolished into smithereens. It’s not iron-clad to prevent publishes/ questions down the line, but it’s far preferable to blasting money at participates in the September of their careers whose operators are cronies of the Technical Director.

It’s why, even if he wouldn’t be my first choice, indicating Aaron Ramsdale would- in my opinion anyway- be better than holding a long contract to Neto, a 32 year old Kia Joorabchian client who has been a back-up keeper his whole life. Ramsdale would have plenty to prove if he arrived with the kind of price-tag attached( and it appears as if there might well be some movement with regards to that bargain after Sheffield United came back to the counter ), but at least he could potentially do it. A bloke who scratched around in Italy and Spain without ever being persuading only can’t. Plus, we’re not compensate a sleepy commission to a bloke who has given this golf-club David Luiz, Cedric and Willian- at what detail do we learn to stay away from his debris?

Going back to Odegaard, I think there’s something kind of interesting about his path. Let me make it clear, I’m not comparing him immediately to the likes of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, but down the years some of our best conveys has been derived from highly rated actors who went to big clubs where it didn’t quite work for them. Bergkamp at Inter Milan, Henry at Juventus( even Vieira at AC Milan to an extent, although he was much younger ). It wants the brand-new chap arrives with something to prove, and after all the hype that smothered Odegaard’s move to Madrid as a teenager, that he hasn’t supplanted there should be a real motivating factor for him as and when his move to Arsenal is complete.




I also think as fans we need to be realistic about these sorts of participates we can attract right now. You can’t, on the one handwriting, lambast the team for being rubbish and out of Europe and, on the other, expect to be able to sign the top geniu. It just doesn’t work like that. In that situation, I think this is an opportunity to sign a really good player at exactly the title senility for a acceptable expenditure, even in this market. Let’s hope they get wise done asap.

Right, I’ll leave it there for now, have yourselves a good Wednesday.

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