‘He seems really happy’ – Mikel Arteta offers hope of permanent Martin Odegaard deal

Martin Odegaard
Arsenal keen to sign Odegaard permanently (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta says Martin Odegaard is ‘really happy’ at Arsenal with the board ready to back the Arsenal boss in the transfer window this summer.

Odegaard has impressed since joining the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid during the January transfer window, scoring big goals in recent games against Olympiacos and Tottenham prior to the international break.

The Times report Real could now consider selling the Norwegian at the end of the season with the Spanish giants needing to raise funds if they are to stand any hope of signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

And Arteta is confident the attacking midfielder is settled in north London.

‘I speak with him every day,’ Arteta said.

Martin Odegaard
Real could now be ready to cash in on the Norwegian (Picture: Getty)

‘I see his face, his body language and he seems really happy right now here.

‘Our contract with him is until the end of the season. What we have to do is try to make him perform, develop and be as happy as he can be.’

Clubs across Europe are facing a tough summer as the financial impact of Covid-19 continues to hit home.

Arteta is expected to continue to reshape his squad at the end of the season and is confident he will have the backing of the board to do business.  

‘The team is going to reflecting in better performance, results and at the end of the season we’ll see where we are and have a discussion,’ Arteta said.

‘We know that certain scenarios can vary and that we cannot control.

‘They’re going to be dependent on things today we can’t determine, but the plan is to go ahead with what we want and I know they fully agree with that and they’ve been fully supportive of us.’

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