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Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard (Photo by DAN MULLAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard (Photo by DAN MULLAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Ever since he was signed from Real Madrid on a short-term loan, Martin Odegaard has been playing exceptionally well for Arsenal. Goals in the Europa League and the North London derby against Spurs, as well as a fine display against West Ham leaves fans with high hopes.

But of course, it’s important not to fall too in love with loan players, as this could oftentimes lead to heartbreak. But this isn’t stopping Arsenal, as they are already exploring avenues of potentially keeping him.

According to a report from the Times, the Gunners believe that Martin Odegaard could even be on board with staying at Arsenal, since he’s enjoying his time at the Emirates Stadium much more than he was at the Santiago Bernabeu. It’s all down to negotiations between the clubs, though.

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Arsenal should have potential alternatives lined up, just in case the bid to sign Odegaard on a permanent deal is unsuccessful. While I would love the transfer to be made, I cannot deny this is a very real possibility. After all, Real Madrid have no real (if you pardon the pun) reason to sign him.

I do understand the desire, though. While many doubted Odegaard upon his arrival, fans always knew he’d be special. He’s hardly put a foot wrong and if anything, he’s everything that’s going right for the Gunners at the moment.

Odegaard is consistently finding pockets of space and breaking the lines in midfield. Or, if you’re after less of the cliché jargon talk, it just means he’s constantly bringing the ball forward and making things happen for Mikel Arteta’s side.

He is most certainly one for the future, too, ageing at just 22 years old. While he will inevitably cost a bomb, I, like many other fans, urge the club to dig deep in their pockets and pay whatever they need to pay. Odegaard is worth all the money in the world.

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What do you make of Martin Odegaard so far?