Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will hold talks with Martin Odegaard and Real Madrid but he’s not sure at this point if a deal to keep the Norwegian, either on loan or permanently, is going to be possible.
The 22-year-old has settled well in London and enjoyed regular game time in Arsenal’s midfield but despite Arteta’s admiration, there are suggestions he’ll be recalled by his parent club for another shot at breaking into the Bernabeu first team.
Asked what will happen next to Odegaard, who signed off his season with an assist for Nicolas Pepe in the final day 2-0 win over Brighton, Arteta said: “We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we’d like to do.
“He’s not our player, we will have discussions in the next few weeks. We respect he’s a Real Madrid player and will have those communications.
“We’ve tried to make everything that we could to get Martin performing for the team, which I think he’s done, and he’s adapted really well to our way of playing and our football club.
“Hopefully, we have given him the hope and the feeling that this could be a good place for him here.”
Asked if he was confident of any form of deal, he added: “I don’t know, it’s not in our hands.”