Martin Odegaard was left out of the Real Madrid squad for their first game of the new La Liga season.
The Spanish giants went into their opening game of the campaign without the 22 year old and, at the time of writing, held a 3-1 lead over Alaves.
The Norway captain has been strongly linked with the Gunners over the last couple of days, with some reports suggesting a deal is imminent. The fact he wasn’t included today will only add to that.
Arsenal need more creativity, especially after a 2-0 defeat to Brentford on the opening day, and although Mikel Arteta’s side had 22 attempts on goal, they didn’t really trouble the Premier League new boys too much.
Odegaard has always been the main target this summer, with talk of James Maddison not as credible as some sources have made out. With Chelsea coming up next weekend, after their 3-0 win over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace, it’d be good to have Odegaard in place for that one.