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Mikel Arteta gives his opinion when asked if Martin Odegaard is ‘too good’ for Arsenal



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Mikel Arteta have been reluctant to enter into a debate over whether Martin Odegaard should be playing at a higher level than Arsenal after club legend Ian Wright labelled the youngster as‘too good’ for the Gunners.

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard. (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Odegaard moved to the Emirates stadium on loan from Real Madrid in January and have really impressed since joining Arsenal and has delivered a number of excellent displays, especially scoring in the match against Tottenham and playing a vital role in the comeback against West Ham.


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Odegaard’s performances have been so impressive such that ninth-placed Arsenal are already convinced and are exploring the possibility of turning his loan move into a permanent stay, although his transfer fees could exceed £40million.

Mikel Arteta gives his opinion when asked if Martin Odegaard is ‘too good’ for Arsenal 1 Sportelo

Ian Wright has Praised the performance of Martin Odegaard and Calum Chambers ( Photo by Getty Images)

Ian Wright has been raining praises on Odegaard since his arrival in Arsenal, he said on Norway’s TV2;

‘When you see where Arsenal are in the table and what level he is, why would he come to a place like Arsenal? He’s much better than that,’ said the former Gunners striker.

‘Ian Wright recently said on Norwegian television that Martin Odegaard is too good for Arsenal and should play at a higher level – what’s your opinion on this?’ asked the reporter. ‘[My opinion is] that I really enjoy having Martin with us in the team.’


Mikel Arteta was asked about how feasible he could sign both Real madrid players, Dani Ceballos and Odegaard who are currently on loan at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta said;

‘Well with the financial position that we’ve been in obviously we had to find different ways to try to recruit good players to the club. ‘And as well it gives you the possibility to see with close eyes on a daily basis how those players can improve the team and how they can adapt to this league.

‘In both cases I’m really happy with both of them and it’s a decision that has to be decided at the end of the season because there is [another] club involved, in this case it’s the same club involved which owns both of them. And I will have these conversations.’