Arsenal hold the key to unlocking Martin Odegaard

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Arsenal currently have got Martin Odegaard in their ranks until the end of the season. From recent performances against Olympiacos on Thursday night and Tottenham on Saturday, it is clear that Mikel Arteta has the ability to unleash the best out of the Gunner’s inform Norwegian.

The 22-year-old was brought in during the January transfer window on a six-month loan from Real Madrid. Since joining the Spanish giants in 2015, Odegaard has endured four loan spells, taking him all across the globe, with his latest coming in north London.

Arsenal fans took to Twitter to say Martin Odegaard’s recent wizardry is synonymous with the early days of Mesut Ozil’s career at Arsenal.

What a week it has been for Arsenal’s midfield maestro: scored a scorcher from 35 yards in the Europa League against Olympiacos on Thursday night, got named the new Norway national team captain on Friday and scored in his first north London derby on Sunday.

In the past, mid-season loan deals have not always worked for Arsenal but it seems like the Board of Executives at the football club are taking a more carefully proactive approach to mid-season transfers than ever before.

The Norway international was not getting played by Zidane and kept going out on loan, getting extremely frustrated in the process.

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal should take full advantage of Martin Odegaard’s poor relationship with Zinedine Zidane and play his cards close to his chest to get Odegaard’s representatives to agree to a permanent move to London at the end of the season.

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Martin Odegaard’s passion is similar to that of fellow Real Madrid loanee, Dani Ceballos’.

When Martin scored against Olympiacos on Thursday, Dani fell to the floor showing relief and passion after making the error leading to El Arabi’s goal.

Odegaard celebrated his goal against Tottenham as if he had just won the Champions League for Arsenal or the World Cup with Norway. He knows what it means and he has only been at the club a matter of months.

Martin Odegaard celebrating against Tottenham ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Getty Images

It is refreshing to see players at Arsenal who are showing passion week in week out now. Players who want to fight for the badge and put their necks on the line is what we need in all games, especially north London derbies, but all games.

It would be a real mistake not to attempt to pen Martin Odegaard down to a permanent contract at Arsenal and take him off Real Madrid’s books at the end of the season. Only time will tell when we will find out if Arsenal want to continue to act as a serious football club or not.

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