Mikel Arteta sends transfer message to Martin Odegaard after final appearance for Arsenal

Mikel Arteta sends transfer message to Martin Odegaard after final appearance for Arsenal
The Norwegian playmaker signed off with one last assist against Brighton (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal have shown Martin Odegaard that the Emirates would be ‘a good place for him’ to continue his career and will enter into talks with Real Madrid about extending his stay.

The Norwegian arrived in north London in January on loan until the end of the season and has largely impressed for the Gunners, registering his second assist in as many games against Brighton in Sunday’s 2-0 victory.

Arsenal could look into the possibility of a second loan for Odegaard, or a permanent deal, and Arteta is hopeful of convincing the 22-year-old to remain at the club.

Mikel Arteta sends transfer message to Martin Odegaard after final appearance for Arsenal
Arteta has enjoyed working with Odegaard this season (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do,’ said Arteta after the final game of the season, with Arsenal narrowly missing out on Europe for the first time in 25 years.

‘He’s not our player. We will have discussions in the next few weeks. And respect first of all because he’s a Real Madrid player, and we 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 to our football club. And hopefully we have given him as well the hope and the feeling that it could be a good place for him.’

Asked if he was confident of keeping Odegaard for at least one more season, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know. It’s not in our hands so I don’t know.’

Despite spending much of Sunday ahead of Spurs in seventh place – the final European berth – Tottenham’s comeback against Leicester meant Arsenal finished in eight place and will only be playing in domestic competitions next season.

Reacting to missing out on European football, Arteta said: ‘It wasn’t in our hands. We tried to do our best, but it was not enough.

Mikel Arteta sends transfer message to Martin Odegaard after final appearance for Arsenal
Odegaard set up Nicolas Pepe in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Brighton (Picture: Getty)

‘This club deserves trophies and the Champions League and we haven’t managed to do that in very challenging circumstances. Now we have to be critical of ourselves and prepare for next season in the best possible way.

‘It is frustrating because last season with 61 points we [would have finished] fifth. Now we are eighth and that is the step that we have to identify.

‘The level has gone so high so the only way to do it is to be much better next season and much more consistent, and this is the challenge ahead of us.’

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