The Norwegian midfielder will look to prove himself in order to be inducted into Real Madrid’s first team next season.
Martin Odegaard has joined Arsenal on a loan deal for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. The highly-rated Norwegian playmaker has been unable to stamp his ground at Real Madrid and is heading to the Premier League to look for some much-needed gametime.
The move looks likely to turn out as a perfect match for all parties involved. The Gunners are in dire need a short-term replacement for Mesut Ozil and Martin Odegaard is longing for some regular minutes at the highest level of European football. While he might never had played in England before, the midfielder’s skillset makes him an ideal match for the Premier League.
Here are five reasons why he will be a successful signing at Arsenal.
5. He knows how to thrive in a top league
In his first full season playing in a top European league last season, Martin Odegaard surprised many with his ability to thrive at the top despite lacking experience. The Norwegian can adapt himself well to play under intense conditions and excelled for Real Sociedad in the 2019-20 campaign.
He scored four goals and registered six assists in his first season in a top European league last time, so there’s no reason why he can’t thrive in the Premier League. He could take some time adapting to the physicality of the league, but his intelligence of the sport will give him the edge and allow him to perform well in the Premier League.
4. Should link-up well with Arsenal’s youngsters
Under Mikel Arteta, Arsenal have given more opportunities to their talented youngsters – with their recent results all thanks to how prolific their starlets have been. 22-year-old Martin Odegaard will love to play with similar players who are ready to work hard and can match his mentality. The likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith-Rowe are not only hard-working, but technically adept to understanding the playing style of the Norwegian midfielder.
If able to create the right kind of chemistry with the youngsters, he could turn out to be a standout star for Arsenal. He could bring that fluidity in attack which they’ve been missing for quite some-time and help create some beautiful attacking moves alongside other youngsters.
3. An ideal match for Arsenal’s playing style
Despite their goalscoring drought in the Premier League this season, Arsenal’s philosophy remains to produce thrilling attacking football. They opt for a more grounded, passing style to create attacking moves and creating that final spark often rests on the shoulders of the No.10.
Now with Ozil gone, Martin Odegaard will have to fill that void for the time being and should thrive under the freedom to reign free in the attacking areas. With his creativity and tendency to find that cutting-edge final pass with such consistency, the Norwegian midfielder should have fun playing under Arteta’s system at Arsenal.
2. Hungry to make an impact after recent setbacks
The first half of the 2020-21 season didn’t really go as intended for the Norwegian, who didn’t get the opportunities he was hoping for at Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane might have called him back from the loan at Real Sociedad, he didn’t use him as much as the midfielder was hoping for. As a result, he’s being loaned now and will be desperate to prove his mettle. Martin Odegaard will definitely be playing to make a real statement of intent, as he aims to prove himself to be a world class player.
He’ll be operating with a spring in his steps, aiming to score or set up goals at a very consistent basis and helping Arsenal to a positive second half of the season. This could even be his Real Madrid audition to become a first team member for Los Blancos, so it will motivate the 22-year-old to be a major success in England.
1. Possesses the ability to unlock Arsenal’s frontline
The major reason behind Arsenal’s early season woes is that they just aren’t scoring enough to win games. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had an unusually slow start to the season. Alexandre Lacazette can’t score in every game. The wingers or higher-priced players aren’t contributing much either. The Gunners just need someone capable of lighting that missing spark in their attack. Martin Odegaard averaged 1.6 key passes per game for Sociedad last season in La Liga, often playing his teammates through on goal with his defence-splitting passes.
Some of his strengths include making key passes, taking excellent set-pieces and accurate crosses. The Norwegian also has a long-range ability which can help break down deep-lying backlines. His technical prowess and ability to create chances can be the element to help Arsenal’s attack rediscover their magic and make his loan stint a big success.