Martin Odegaard says he’s loving life under Mikel Arteta and firmly believes Arsenal have the right man in the dugout to guide them back to the top.
On loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season, the Norway international has already earned the trust of the Spaniard who noted a couple of weeks ago just how impressed he was by the player’s character on and off the pitch.
It appears the feelings are mutual with the 22-year-old speaking in glowing terms about Arteta’s coaching style.
“It’s been amazing, he’s a top coach,” the midfielder told BT Sport ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burnley.
“He’s really intelligent, really smart and there are so many things I can learn from him so I’m just happy to be here and be able to learn and see how he works.”
Odegaard’s decision to make the switch to London was also heavily influenced by Arteta’s playing philosophy.
“It was a lot of things really: first of all the manager and his ideas, the way he wants to play football.
“I think his style of play suits me really well. Also everything about the club, I always liked the club and how they played and I always followed the club.
“When I was younger I watched a lot of games and every time Arsenal played I wanted to watch. So they’ve always been a club I’ve been watching pretty closely and everything felt good to me.”
Odegaard has also been pleasantly surprised by the state of the team given the club’s league position when he joined.
“The club is in a process now where things have changed a little bit, but what I’ve seen and experienced here makes me sure the club will be back at the top very soon.
“I think we have really good players at the club and some top talents.
“They’ve shown it in the Premier League and it’s the biggest league in the world, so I think they’re at the top in terms of talent and quality. When you see the way they’ve been playing, it’s amazing.”
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal can persuade Real Madrid to extend Odegaard’s loan past this season. At the moment, the player, who moved to the Bernabeu at the age of 16, is keeping his cards close to his chest.
“To be honest, I’m just focusing on finishing the season here and doing as good as possible,” he said. “In the future, we’ll see what happens. At the moment, I’m really happy to be here and I’m focused on helping the team end the season well.
He added: “Obviously the Europa League is a big thing for us this year, so we’ll try to do our best there. Then we’ll see where we end up. Of course, the Champions League is a big goal for everyone here.”
You can watch the full interview, here.