Arsenal confirms midfielder deal – Defender excited to sign up with Gunners – Odegaard sends transfer message

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Martin Odegaard has said that Arsenal have a strong squad, even without any additions over the summer.

The Gunners had a wonderful season last year and almost pipped Manchester City for that Premier League title – only to faulter at the final hurdle and let the Manchester giants walks away with another title.

There has been so much speculation and rumours about the possible signings for ARSENAL this summer – but despite all the rumours and all the speculation – there has not been as much activity as many fans had hoped for.

However – Odegaard has said that Arsenal have a strong squad, even without any additions over the summer,  with the midfielder not too worried about the transfer activity the club do over the next few weeks.

“I’m really, really happy with the squad we have,” he said at Arsenal’s pre-season training camp in Marbella. “We have unbelievable quality in the squad, and I think we showed what we’re capable of, especially as I said, in the last part of the season how well we played.

“We made history and all those things. So I’m really pleased with the squad, and we have unbelievable qualities, so I’m not too worried about that. I think that’s down to Mikel, down to Edu and the club. I’m really happy with the squad, unbelievable quality and a joy to be a part of this group.”

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ARSENAL do have a very good and exciting squad – but they need to add some depth in key areas of the pitch because that could cost them in the coming season – last season they didnt have to worry about injuries too much – this season they might.

CLARKE SIGNS UP – 

Arsenal have announced Brayden Clarke has signed his first professional contract at the club.

ARSENAL have one of the best and mist exciting academies in the game and have been recently handing out professional contracts to a number of their talented young players.

Centre-back Brayden played for three different teams in the U18 Premier League last season and made a great first impression on Jack Wilshere and subsequently played 90 minutes of eight of the final nine games of the season.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, he said: “Since a young age, this is what I’ve dreamed of, from playing football at school and in Sunday league. It’s hopefully just the start, but a good step.

“The staff members and players have all been really welcoming. I think I’ve settled in quite quickly and have loads of games under my belt in a short amount of time. It was important to stay match fit last season and keep pushing through because I knew it was going to be tough, but I needed those games under my belt and it was good to perform well with the team.

“The support has been really good. Coming into a new club halfway through the season, everyone is quite set, but they’ve been really supportive and helping me. All the instructions the staff and players have given me has made me confident going out on the pitch in training and games.

“The amount of hours my whole family have spent taking me up and down the country to play, without them I don’t think I’d be where I am. It takes up a lot of their lives as well, not just my own, and the sacrifices they make have helped a lot.

“My goals are to perform consistently and hopefully push towards the under-21s after having a good start to the season. I want to enjoy my football and see where it takes me because it’s a big season for me.

“Seeing players like Bukayo and Emile, it’s really good because they’re at the highest level of the game now. It makes all of us hungry to push there because we know it’s possible.”

DUDZIAK SIGNS UP – 

Harrison Dudziak is delighted after signing his first professional contract with Arsenal

ARSENAL have one of the best and mist exciting academies in the game and have been recently handing out professional contracts to a number of their talented young players.

An impressive playmaker in midfield, Harrison registered seven assists and scored twice in 18 appearances last season in the U18 Premier League – Speaking to Arsenal.com, he said: “I’m very pleased, very happy. This is a massive achievement for me to sign for one of the biggest clubs in the world and I feel over the moon to be honest.

“I’ve become more confident and have more of a personality in me. I’ve developed as a human being, not just a footballer.

“Creating chances gets me in the team. I’d like to score more goals as well, but the assists are a strong area of my game that I want to improve on as well.

“Arsenal has the best pathway for me where I can develop my game, get better and hopefully make it into the first team. Seeing the likes of Saka, Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson and Eddie, seeing how they play when we get to train with them and knowing that they were once in our shoes, it motivates me to know I can follow in their footsteps.

“Last season I was playing against men’s first teams in the Papa John’s Trophy, which was a good challenge, and in the UEFA Youth League I played different teams abroad with different tactics and styles of play, which is good for my learning.

“I want to come back fit for pre-season and stay injury free, try to cement my place in the starting 11 and see where that takes me. Maybe I can have a few appearances on the bench for the first team.”

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