This comes after Watts uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel where he spoke about a range of topics concerning Mikel Arteta’s side, including their recent 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on the final day of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
On the subject of Odegaard, who assisted Arsenal’s second goal against the Seagulls, Watts had this to say about his future in terms of the possibility of his remaining at his parent club Real Madrid next season. (13:32)
He said: “I think a lot is going to depend on what happens with Zinedine Zidane. Madrid missing out on the La Liga title this weekend to Atletico Madrid, meaning they didn’t get any silverware this season.
“Zidane was speaking about his future after the game, he said he was going to take a little bit of time, he’d have talks with Madrid and then things would be announced in terms of whether he will stay or he will go. It sounds like Madrid will be happy to keep him if he wants to stay, the ball is in Zidane’s court when it comes to his future.
“Should he stay, then you would think that that might mean that Martin Odegaard’s future will lie elsewhere because Zidane has never really shown any interest in giving Martin Odegaard any game time and just doesn’t seem to really rate him for whatever reason.
“And should that be the case then you think Arsenal will certainly try and get Martin Odegaard, he is a priority this summer. Whether Odegaard wants to come back and not play any European football next season, that remains to be seen.
“It’s going to be his decision and whether Arsenal can stump up the money to get a deal done for him. If not, maybe they can get a season-long loan like they did with Dani Ceballos, who will certainly be going back to Real Madrid this summer.”
Arsenal signed Odegaard back in the January transfer window from the Spanish giants. Since his arrival in England, the 22-year-old, who is currently valued at £36 million, made 20 appearances for Arsenal across the Premier League and Europa League in which he managed to score two goals and provide two assists in the process (per Transfermarkt).
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TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments on Odegaard and his future…
Given how Odegaard managed to show that he has what it takes to provide Arteta with some sort of attacking threat in terms of scoring goals and providing assists here and there, if the North London club sense a possible opportunity to sign the Norwegian on a permanent deal this summer, then they should definitely go for it in our view.
With Arteta himself saying that he would like to see Odegaard signed permanently to Arsenal this summer, this just shows how impressed he has been with the player during his time at the club.