Madrid midfielder Odegaard officially sends transfer message to Arsenal boss Emery about January possible move as end is near for Ozil
Real Madrid teenager Martin Odegaard has responded to reports that he could make a shock move to Arsenal in the January window.
With constant rumours in the British media all claiming Mesut Ozil is done at the Emirates after falling well down the pecking order under boss Unai Emery, focus for the Spaniard has now switched on to whom he will be signing to replace the German.
It seems that his time at the club is pretty much over as he cant even make the bench for the Europa League games, as he was left out the side for the 4-0 hammering on Thursday night, leading to Emery suggesting that he does not deserve a place on the bench.
Now the Gunners boss has warned the World Cup winner that there is serious contention for places at the club and he must earn his place in the side, Emery said: ‘He can play how I want, but now we have a lot of players being competitive in each position on the pitch and they deserve to be able to help and to play.
‘Now every player is the same and I want to train, I want them to be pushing to achieve one position in the squad, in the first XI. ‘If we continue being competitive and getting better, it is the best for our present and future.’
Gunners boss Unai Emery knows he needs to find an immediate replacement for Ozil and has his scouts out and about searching for potential targets, and one name that has been mentioned in the media lately is Odegaard, who is one of the games brightest talents.
Real Madrid shipped the young Norwegian to their La Liga rivals on a two-year loan deal and Odegaard has got off to a flying start with two goals and two assists in seven La Liga appearances, leading to speculation that the Gunners could make a move to bring him to the Premier League in January.
But amid all the transfer speculation surrounding his future, the 20-year-old has now spoken out on his future. ‘My intention is to stay [at Sociedad] two years and I think that’s important for me, too,’ said Odegaard on the Sky Sports website
‘I have had two seasons in a row where I’ve changed teams. To have some stability is good [and] this is a great club and hopefully we can get European football for next season.’
Ozil is seemingly done at the Emirates and getting him off the wage bill will make room for the club to make some big money signings, so if the German is on his way out, there will be many Arsenal fans that will be glad to see the back of him.
And although Odegaard still has a lot to prove in the game to warrant a big money move to the Emirates, he is now showing the kind of potential which prompted Madrid to splash the cash to nail down his services just a few seasons ago.
If he continues this great form, then there will surely be a lot of interest in him at the end of the season, especially as the lad is just 20-years of age.