Arsenal have been in the pursuit of a creative midfielder all summer long.
Based on our poor season in 2020/21 in which we were one of the league’s least creative sides, it is no surprise that this was an area of priority coming into this summer window.
Links with the likes of Emi Buendia, James Maddison, Houssem Aouar and Marcel Sabitzer have persisted all summer long, though it is thought that Arsenal will now be able to sign their number one target.
Fabrizio Romano confirmed Martin Odegaard has always been our priority for that position. The Norwegian spent 6 months with us last season, and helped solve some of our issues in the second half of the season.
However, until recently it appeared as though Madrid wanted to keep their young star. However, it appears as though Arsenal have worn them down. Madrid have now decided that it is best to cash in. Arsenal have had an offer of around £30 million (35 million Euros) accepted, according to Romano, Ornstein and Wheatley (all of whom are very reliable reporters).
Some fans have been left underwhelmed by the transfer due to the persistent links with James Maddison. I do think that Maddison would have been more exciting, but for the price the Odegaard deal makes far more sense.
He is younger, has a better injury record, and already will be settled with his teammates.
However, for a while it has been reported that Arsenal could afford Maddison but did not want to overspend on him at the sacrifice of other areas of importance.
To me, now that we have signed Odegaard, that leaves no excuse to go and get a striker and maybe even a right back. Maddison would have added goals to this team. Odegaard is very tidy and creative, but is not himself a direct goal threat. We need a focal point to our attack which can bring out the best in him.
Overall, I am pleased with the deal, but there is still plenty left to do for Arsenal in this window if we are to get back to where we belong.
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