Mikel Arteta’s team’s 2022/23 campaign has significantly benefited from the former Real Madrid schemer. Martin Ødegaard has eight goals and six assists, and he has gained the love and adoration of Arsenal supporters as well as the respect and admiration of legendary British footballers like Rio Ferdinand. Mikel Arteta put his faith in young players to assemble a league-winning club, and time appears to affirm his decision. Ferdinand stated on his Vibe With Five podcast that “I would go as far as to say right now… he’s probably my player of the year.”
The Norwegian has been an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s side. He is not only the club captain, he is also the top goalscorer of the side with eight goals to his name. He is also the league’s topmost goalscoring midfielder. Apart from goals, Odegaard also has six assists to his name. The 24-year-old has shown maturity beyond his years under Arteta.
A boy–wonder, Odegaard was swooped up by Real Madrid at the age of just 17 from Strømsgodset back in 2105. However, the road was not at all paved in gold for the teenager as he had to go on three different loans to Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad before signing for the Gunners in 2021. It can be said that the player has finally arrived on the big stage. With his composure, technical ability and a rocket of a left foot, Odegaard looks like a player for the future for the North London franchise, if they can keep him
Despite his significance to Arsenal, Ferdinand stated that Odegaard will continue to be a transfer target for other top European teams in the years to come, with Barcelona perhaps being a possibility.“If Erling Haaland eases up with the goals and Arsenal wins the league, and Ødegaard continues, he’s my player of the year. The only place he goes is somewhere like Barça. If they come in, it’s a different conversation.” Arsenal supporters may not like Ferdinand’s remarks, but as Odegaard has a contract with the North London club through 2025, they have no immediate worries about his future intentions.
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After eyeing Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, Arsenal is reportedly “shopping in the top bracket.”
Although it seems doubtful that the French kid would go to the Emirates this month, Dean Jones believes that the links to him alone demonstrate how far the Gunners have progressed this year. Jones believes that Arsenal’s pursuit of Camavinga demonstrates their ability to pursue the league’s most well-known players.
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Leandro Trossard, a winger from Brighton, was previously acquired by the Gunners during the January transfer window. Spezia center-back Jakub Kiwior has also joined the club. As they attempt to win their first Premier League championship since 2004, the club’s owners are prepared to support manager Mikel Arteta in the transfer market. Although it’s uncertain if Real Madrid would approve a loan transfer, the 20-year-old has had trouble getting playing time this year. Arsenal sees a move for West Ham captain Declan Rice as their top objective for the summer, in addition to their long-term goal of strengthening their midfield.
“There’s no truth. Of course, every club in the world would want him. Still, he’s very happy in Real Madrid, and Real Madrid is very happy with Camavinga,” according to Barnett, who spoke to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano. According to Sky Sports, the 20-year-old transferred from Rennes to Real Madrid in 2021 for an estimated £34 million.