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Mikel Arteta hints on Martin Odegaard extending his loan spell at Arsenal

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Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta  has revealed that club has shown Martin Odegaard  that the Emirates would be “a good place for him to continue his career” and will enter into talks with Real Madrid to extend his stay.

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The 22-year-old joined Arsenal in January on loan until the end of the season and has greatly impressed the Gunners, recording his second assist in as many games against Brighton in Sunday’s 2-0 win.

Arsenal  are looking at a possibility of a second loan for Odegaard, or a permanent deal, and Arteta is hopeful of convincing the Norwegian International  to remain at the club

‘We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do,’ said Arteta after the final game of the season, with Arsenal narrowly missing out on Europe for the first time in 25 years.

‘He’s not our player. We will have discussions in the next few weeks. And respect first of all because he’s a Real Madrid player, and we will have those communications.

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‘We’ve tried to make everything that we could to get Martin performing for the team, which I think he’s done.

‘And he’s adapted really well to our way of playing and to our football club. And hopefully we have given him as well the hope and the feeling that it could be a good place for him.’pool

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard is not sure of where he will be playing next season ( Photo by Getty Images)

When asked if he was confident of keeping Odegaard for at least one more season, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know. It’s not in our hands so I don’t know.’

Arsenal only managed to finish in eight place in the Premier League and will only be playing in domestic competitions next season in over 20 years.

Reacting to missing out on European football, Arteta said: ‘It wasn’t in our hands. We tried to do our best, but it was not enough.

This club deserves trophies and the Champions League and we haven’t managed to do that in very challenging circumstances. Now we have to be critical of ourselves and prepare for next season in the best possible way.

‘It is frustrating because last season with 61 points we [would have finished] fifth. Now we are eighth and that is the step that we have to identify.

‘The level has gone so high so the only way to do it is to be much better next season and much more consistent, and this is the challenge ahead of us.’

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