Odegaard advised which players he asked to move to Arsenal
Martin Odegaard has revealed that he has sought advice from three Norwegian players before joining Arsenal on loan in January.
After failing to get his usual role in the first half of the season under Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane, the 22-year-old was selected to go to the Premier League.
Before moving to England, the playwright asked three fellow countrymen who had previously played in the division.
What was said?
Asked about Everton striker Josh King and Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, Odegaard Official Premier League YouTube channel: “Yes, I talked to both of them.
“I also talked to another guy who played for Fulham, Stefan Johansen. As he was the former captain of the national team, I talked to him about the league and how they see the league.
“They just had good things to say about the league and everything here about football and they told me a lot of good things.
“The Premier League is very big in Norway, so I grew up watching it every week and in Norway everyone is very close to the league. Being able to play here is a dream.”
How was Odegaard at Arsenal?
Odegaard has been impressed by his short time in north London, becoming a key part of Mikel Arteta’s attack.
The player has scored two goals for the Gunners in 12 games, starting each of the club’s last six league games.
Could Odegaard’s move become permanent?
Arsenal do not have a purchase option with a loan from Real Madrid, but they have agreed to sit down with the Spanish giants this summer to discuss what could happen to the 22-year-old, as the future at the Santiago Bernabeu is far from certain.
Odegaard loaned Real Sociedad last season before returning to the Spanish capital, but in the first half of the season he never fully gained Zidane’s confidence.
Arsenal will be hoping they can use it to their advantage in the summer when talks about Odegaard begin.