Date: 22nd June 2021 at 12:35pm
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Arsenal insider Charles Watts has provided an update on Arsenal and their pursuit of Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard.

The Norwegian got off to an impressive start when he first joined the Gunners on loan in the January transfer window, and it looked like Arsenal had found their ‘missing piece’ when it came to the creative midfield role. His production took a hit after that early spell, though, and it wasn’t until the final two games of the season he was able to register some more assists.

However, it seems Arsenal are still intent on signing him, with Football.london calling him their ‘main target’ for this summer’s window, and speaking during a Q&A on his channel, Watts revealed that the club are still intending to make a move for him, but that it is looking all the more likely that he will end up staying in Madrid this summer:

“I wouldn’t totally rule out Martin Odegaard. They want a number 10, a creative player; Martin Odegaard has been the priority. It’s looking more and more unlikely as the summer progresses and the weeks go by; Odegaard will probably end up staying at Real Madrid.

“But, I don’t think, as far as I’m aware, that Arsenal have absolutely given up the ghost when it comes to bringing Martin Odegaard back, I don’t think that’s happened yet.”

TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments about Martin Odegaard…

It certainly sounds like there will soon have to be a point where Arsenal make up their mind with what they want to do with this situation.

Whether they just move on and accept that he isn’t going to be coming, or if they do still think it’s a possibility and just blowing Real Madrid out the water with a bid that they can’t turn down, they can’t spend all summer waiting for that may not come from the Spanish capital.

They need to just make up their minds so that they can actually get on with what is an incredibly important summer for them in terms of incomings and outgoings.

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