TOP GUN: IS ØDEGARRD WORTH SIGNING?
When Real Madrid bought him from Strømsgodset IF, his name became one of the greatest promises of European football, every football fan expected to see this young Norwegian shine.
Since his arrival in Madrid and more matches than he expected at Real Madrid, he has been on loan in Heerenveen and Vitesse from Holland and later in Real Sociedad, where a great version of him was seen.
After his good season at Real Sociedad, in which he scored 7 goals and 9 assists in 35 games, he was expected to have more games on Zinedine Zidane's team, but the reality was completely different.
Ødegaard this season at Real Madrid played only 9 games, 5 in the starting team and 4 from the bench, not only as a result of coach decisions but also for unfortunate injuries that left him out of several matches
With no big performances, no goals, no assists and no confidence from Zidane who clearly didn't have him within his favourite players, the Norwegian was banished to the substitutes' bench, often without playing a minute.
With this panorama, Martin Ødegaard arrives in the Premier League, more precisely Arsenal, one of the worst performing teams in the league considering, their expectations, prestige, squad.
Odegaard's arrival excited Gunner’s fans, a talented player who could contribute a lot to the team's offence output and help rekindle the teams form for the rest of the season.
His characteristics were different from players like Partey, Xhaka, Ceballos or Willian and his performance was expected to be different as well.
In the few matches played these months, the Norwegian did not disappoint.
Between the Premier League and Europa League, he played 13 games in which he converted 2 goals and, until his ankle injury, showed a good performance, in a team that remains weak and without achieving any of the goals they want.
His situation today is a peculiar thing, despite never having had a great performance at Real Madrid, Ødegaard would not be seen with bad eyes returning to the Merengue.
It would surely be a risk, considering that Arsenal offered him a number of matches that he really needs but would never get in a fully fit Madrid side, but he would have the advantage of constantly fighting to win as many trophies as possible, something that hasn't happened in the Gunners for years.
Arsenal, for their part, will have to be strategic, a great player like Ødegaard has arrived at his club on loan and has had good performances.
Is it enough to pay what Real Madrid wants to buy him? Or should they negotiate another loan?
The sum that the Spanish team would ask for would be about £40 million, it is difficult to see Arsenal paying that money nowadays, but the negotiation should not take long as there are teams like Chelsea and Liverpool attentive to be able to sign the player.
With the Europa League as the last goal, decisions should be postponed until the end of the season, where any doubts about the Norwegian's performance could be dispelled or they might even consider that his recruitment would not be necessary.