Martin Odegaard may have started the summer as Arsenal’s number one transfer target but after his contract ended this week, he’s written a farewell message that suggests he won’t be returning to the Emirates in the near future.
Mikel Arteta recruited the Norway international in January with a view to injecting a creative spark in the Gunners’ midfield and the 22-year-old quickly earned plaudits from the boss and fans for his performances in the number 10 role.
Two assists and two goals in 20 appearances aren’t arresting numbers but he was always very polished in a side that was anything but prior to his arrival.
Having been on the books at Real Madrid since he was 16, Odegaard returns to the Spanish capital hoping to persuade new/old boss Carlo Ancelotti that he’s worthy of regular game time at the Bernabeu.
Reflecting on his time as Gunner, Odegaard wrote on social media:
“Thank you so much for these 6 months. My time with the Arsenal family will always hold a special place in my heart.
“I wanna thank everyone in and around the club for the way you made me feel like a part of the family since the first day.
“Special thanks to the fans, even without you guys at the stadium for the majority of the season, I felt you with me at all times.
“A huge thank you to the boss and his staff for everything I’ve learned during my stay.
“Thank you also to all my teammates for such a great time on and off the pitch. Will miss you all 😘
“Thank you, gunners family. Always in my heart ❤️🤍”
Arsenal are expecting to divert their attention and funds elsewhere as the build-up to the new season kicks up a gear.