I kinda did a fair bit of thoughts yesterday on Odegaard, in saying that I’m hoping for that instead of Coutinho, so perhaps yesterday evening was just the football karma gods cutting me a break as I was scrolling through my Twitter feed last night to see that David Ornstein and a couple of Norwegian journos were reporting that a deal appears to have been struck to bring the captain of Norway to The Arsenal. Apparently the hope is that the deal can be done this week and he could even potentially feature in the game against Chelski on Sunday.
If true that is a big boost to us at a time in which the general malaise around the club has been pretty widespread after the lacklustre performance against Brentford, rumours of and Auba/Coutinho swap deal, as well as the prospect of playing Chelski for the first home game of the season with a number of our first team players out. Yep, we’re all feeling a little low right now, it’s fair to say.
So to get the news that Arsenal could be on the verge of a €35million deal for Odegaard is fantastic stuff in my opinion. That’s around £29million and for a player who looked very good at times last season when he was fit, this deal feels like an absolute no brainer. At that price too, it feels even more sensible, despite people pining for Maddison for the last few weeks.
I like Maddison. This he’s a good player who would have definitely improved us. But at £70million it didn’t exactly represent value and if we were a club who had bottomless pockets, then yeah, maybe it could have been something that would have been decent for us. But if you’re getting Odegaard – younger, plenty of upside, already played in the team so we know he’ll fit in – for half (or even less) than you would Maddison, in an era in which all clubs are cash-strapped, then there can be belief that we’re looking to get this done and move on to the other positions that trouble us.
With just under two weeks to go until the transfer window is done, if you do this deal this week and then secure a right back and a ‘keeper next week, then we’re closer to being a better squad that we can get a little more excited about. Providing Arteta can get a tune out of his squad. That will be a big question for him if the deals get done because it will mean he HAS been backed, we HAVE got the players he wants and he now has NO excuses not to have those players deliver at least a spot back in to Europe. It will be all on him to make them tick.
The age profile of the player works well too, because it is another young player with upside that we hope will only improve with age. In addition, it represents an investment that, if Arteta doesn’t work out, the next manager coming in will know exactly what he has to work with and that will be part of the deal if he takes the job. I’m not wishing Arteta’s Arsenal managerial career away, by the way, I’m just acknowledging that it hasn’t been a good start, he’s had a fair bit of time now to show us what he can do, so if he can’t get a tune in the next couple of months then we probably need to look at what else is out there.
The deal itself represents value and when you consider that Newcastle have just paid £25million for Joe Willock, if we get Odegaard for £29million (when you do the conversion from Euro’s to pounds) it represents great business. It also softens the Willock blow. How many people would suggest that Willock is a better player than Odegaard? Not me. Willock hit a purple patch, he was a decent young player, but he’s only a year younger than Odegaard and I think the Norwegian has a much high ceiling than our boy Joe. It’s the style of play too; Willock is not a great distributor of the ball. He is a late arriving and will score goals, which of course we need, but what we need more is vision and passing range in the final third. That’s not Xhaka, as he is a distributor from deep. It’s not Smith Rowe as he is a short passer whose movement creates space, as well as somebody who will dribble with the ball to beat a man. Saka hasn’t been tried centrally in the ten and besides, I don’t think many of us see it as something where he can create the most damage, so Odegaard fills a gap that we need in the team. Just Google some of the YouTube compilation videos of him in an Arsenal shirt last season. It was a varied passing range, some incisive balls, control in possession and playing in between the lines. That’s EXACTLY what we need and I for one will be excited if/when it is confirmed.
There are some people who seem to be a bit down on him, which I don’t really understand, when you think of the situation he was in last season. New league, more physicality, struggling team (I know that’s still the same case!), no adaptation time. If we get this deal over the line he’s already had six months to adapt to Arsenal. If this deal gets done he’s ready from the off and that is a big plus point for me. He will integrate straight in, he will be familiar with his surroundings, but not only that, he’ll also be a guy who will feel valued and loved (Arteta has made it clear he’s his number one target and that will have been a big draw to feel that valued as a player) and with it being a permanent transfer he’ll also know that Arsenal is somewhere that he can at least look to build an immediate future with. No more loans, no more being a ‘what if’ player, he’d be an Arsenal boy and that would be a big confidence booster I’d hope.
There was also talk that we’re back in for Ramsdale, but I don’t really want my excitement over Odegaard this morning, so I’ll not bother going over that today. Let’s hope we get more noises today and hopefully the club can chivvy this deal along so we can at least see him in the ground on Sunday.
Catch you lovely humans tomorrow.
Agreed fella, I’m so pleased we’re getting this one over the line. The guy is a world class talent, I mean he can be a best in the world in his position type. I couldnt say that of Maddison though, plus he has his injuries.
I’ve always said that Arteta needs to be given a chance with his own squad. Not a squad full of players that let Wenger and Emery down. People thought our squad was good enough for top 4 last season. It was all Arteta’ fault we didn’t get there lmfao, these people have got poo in their eyes IMHO. These players failed a legendary manager and decent one and expected a rookie to get a tune out of them.
The problem is with alot of the fanbase at Arsenal they started supporting Arsenal during the glory years, not realising our club goes through periods like this. Then great innovators come in like Chapman, Graham and Wenger and bring success back to where it belongs.
I think we need to see the back of Auba, Laca (the new le sulk), Willian, Kolasinac, Elneny, Bellerin, Chambers, Nelson and Nkethia though. I think just get what money we can, from 5-15mil with the younger lads get a sell on and buy back clauses in there too. Get the wages off the bill and finalise cleaning the slate. I’ve banged the drum of give Arteta his squad and the judge him and apart of that is clearing the old smells too.
Against Brentford we lost yes, but dominated possession and chances. I see the we had 4 players in the top 20 for Xg points over the weekend too, and it didn’t surprise me one bit. We were missing the final flourish and killer instinct up top. I have no doubt it will come with Balogun but the 3 Brentford defenders we given a nice prem debut agents a 20yo debutant starter.
We need a GK and a RB as you said, but not Trippier at 30+ mil this has agent drumming up interest all over it. Whack a 25 mil bid in for Max Aarons pay a max of 35. Odegaard is coming for 29mil as we’ve said that’s great news and a steal. Plus we could see the mercurial talents of Charlie Patino this season too. Get shot of Elneny and give his space to Azeez and AMN and sign another young Holding midfield for back up to Partey.
If Xhaka had gone i would have signed Bissouma all day, but he stayed and good on him and good for us. I think he’s really hit his stride under Arteta. I feel he need to be given freedom which Partey gives him, it will be nice to see them get a run of games together. So ividence is there that Arteta is doing some good work at the Gunners especially with Pepe, Xhaka and even Holding who was pretty solid last season.
But we need a striker ASAP and I would love to see Belotti. The Italian press and fellow pros and ex pros have nothing but good things to say. They say this guy would be a starter for Italy if he was at a club that creates chances for him. He is a genuine top goal scorer but plays for Torino so it limits him alot. He’s strong has good pace good in the air and can finish from anywhere and would cost anywhere between 15-30mil and he would be perfect for Arsenal and were perfect for him.
I like the idea of Max Aarons, I have to say.
I agree that Odegaard is an amazing signing and far more sensible than adding Maddison. But what you say about Arteta – I can’t agree on that one at all. We had 3 managers and 3 directors of football in 3 years before he arrived who left the club in chaos and everyone of them tried to get his own players in and followed his own visions. To say that after this window this is Arteta’s team after one and a half years is nonsense, even more so if you look at how difficult tge market was due to the pandemic every window he has been here. And now you say that if he doesn’t get out a tune in the next few months, he has to go? Because changing managers worked so well the last 3 times, right? We would scrap everything and start again with a 5th manager in 4 years and we would fall fruther behind. Stability is key to a rebuild. But the most important point you seem to just ignore, is that he already got more than one tune out of this team. We were the second best team for the last 24 games last season, which shows what he can do with this squad. We will only get better. So just support him and stop writing nonsense to add more pressure just because you are impatient.
I see what you are saying but how much time do you give it? If he loses 10 games in a row are we right to just keep him in a job? What happens if the players have given up on him? Keep him there until we get relegated? There does come a point…