Martin Odegaard gives his verdict on Arsenal’s summer transfer business – Metro.co.uk


Martin Odegaard gives his verdict on Arsenal's other summer signings
The Norwegian has been impressed with the club’s business (Picture: Arsenal / YouTube)

New signing Martin Odegaard has praised Arsenal’s summer transfer business and believes the squad are now good enough to challenge for trophies again.

The playmaker returned to the Emirates on a permanent deal on Friday becoming the fourth major signing of the window, following on from £50million centre-back Ben White, promising midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and left-back Nuno Tavares.

Their business will not stop there either, with Aaron Ramsdale on the verge of a £30m move – the joint biggest price tag for an English goalkeeper – that will take the north London club’s spending spree to £135m.

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Central defender White has caught Odegaard’s eye (Picture: Getty)

Although Odegaard’s future was up in the air for much of the summer, with Real Madrid initially keen to keep him, he kept tabs on Arsenal during pre-season and believes they have made some excellent acquisitions.

Asked if he knows anything about the three new arrivals already at the club, Odegaard replied: ‘Yeah, I’ve watched some of the games in pre-season and they all looked like good signings.

‘Obviously I’ve seen more of Ben White in the league last year. So, yeah, I think it’s a lot of quality and good additions to the squad.

‘The squad looks really strong now and it makes me really excited.’

On whether he sees his long-term future at the Emirates, he continued: ‘Yeah definitely, I feel like I’ve come here to settle down and to stay here for a while and hopefully achieve a lot of good things, win some trophies.

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Odegaard is thrilled to be back at Arsenal on a permanent basis (Picture: Getty)

‘I’m really motivated to get this club back where it belongs. When I look at the team, the squad, the staff, everything, I think it’s possible.

‘And that’s why I’m so happy to be here, because I really believe we can achieve something great here and I’m looking forward to that.’

The 22-year-old netted once in the Premier League during his original loan spell last season, a crucial goal in the north London derby, while he also registered two assists and was instrumental in a brilliant comeback against West Ham.

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