Martin Odegaard can be a success at Arsenal, according to Louis van Gaal.
Arsenal re-signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.
Following Martin Odegaard’s permanent transfer from Real Madrid, Louis van Gaal has stated why the playmaker will be a success at Arsenal. Last season, the Norwegian had a successful loan spell with the Gunners, which prompted the club to spend £30 million for him last month.
When Odegaard agreed to a temporary deal in January, Arsenal’s play improved, but it was not enough to keep them out of ninth place in the Premier League.
The attacking midfielder appeared in 20 games for the North Londoners in all competitions, helping them reach the Europa League semi-finals.
Odegaard’s return was part of Mikel Arteta’s squad’s summer shopping spree.
Arsenal spent the most money of any Premier League club, with Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, and Aaron Ramsdale joining Odegaard. On the day of the deadline, Takehiro Tomiyasu was signed.
Arteta is under pressure to turn the club’s fortunes around after a difficult start to the new season. A 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City followed consecutive 2-0 losses to Brentford and Chelsea.
In the latter match, Odegaard made his second appearance. Since then, he has been away on international service, and Van Gaal, the manager of the opposing team, has lauded him.
On Wednesday, the 22-year-old captained Norway in a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands. Davy Klaassen cancelled out Erling Haaland’s early goal.
Van Gaal lauded Odegaard and Haaland from Norway, hailing the Arsenal player as a “great passer.”
“They have a wonderful striker in Haaland, and they have a fantastic passer in Odegaard,” he told Norwegian publication VG.
When Odegaard returns from Norway’s camp, Arteta hopes he can make a significant contribution.
On Thursday, Arsenal beat a young Brentford team 4-0 in a friendly, as the Spaniard continues to integrate his new players.
Odegaard is expected to return to the starting lineup for the upcoming games against Norwich City and Burnley.
“I was ecstatic to sign Martin because we had thought it was impossible at one point. When Odegaard was signed last month, Arteta stated, “Madrid was not interested on selling the player.”
“Martin had always shown an interest in coming, but it didn’t appear to be feasible. Then the door opened, and the club was immediately supportive.
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