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What Martin Odegaard has said to his friends and Arteta about his future at Arsenal

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In the transfer window, Arsenal is desperate to keep Martin Odegaard.

Martin Odegaard, who is on loan at Arsenal has already stated his plans for the upcoming transfer window. After impressing the playmaker during his loan spell from Real Madrid, Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep him. Odegaard has expressed his desire to remain at Arsenal beyond the current season to his Arsenal mates.

It comes after he joined on loan in January after Zinedine Zidane informed him that his services weren’t needed at Real Madrid that year.

Prior to Odegaard’s transfer from Real Madrid to Arsenal, Zidane had largely shunned the midfielder

Odegaard has found a boss in Mikel Arteta whom he trusts and who believes in his abilities.

It may have influenced the Norway international’s decision, but it may not have been enough.

The 22-year-old has told his Arsenal teammates, according to Football London, that he wants to stay at the club permanently.

Under Arteta, he has been given a key role in the starting XI and has been given the freedom to express himself

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At Madrid, he did not have the same responsibilities. He feels that at his age, he should be playing on a regular basis.

In addition, the playmaker believes in Arteta’s vision and wants to stay with the Arsenal project

However, with the Gunners looking like they will be unable to compete in Europe, it is unclear if they will be able to afford Odegaard.

Real Madrid have the right to increase his price after impressing on loan. But, club president Florentino Perez is a huge fan and does not want to lose him permanently.

There’s also the Zidane situation to consider

Reports claim that the Frenchman will depart at the end of the season.

Odegaard, who does not see a way into the starting XI with the 48-year-old in charge, will suffer as a result.

It will be a massive boost for Arteta to sign Odegaard on a permanent basis. He has made Odegaard a top priority heading into the transfer window.

Arsenal have used the former Real Madrid striker in 18 games, scoring twice.

 

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Arsenal Transfer News: Kulusevski boost, Saliba demand

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Kulusevski boost

Arsenal have received a boost in their reported race to sign Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski.

The Sweden international is said to be ‘expendable’, according to reports in Italy,
via Sport Witness, but has not been completely rejected by Juve just yet.

Kulusevski continues to link with Arsenal for a potential January move | Arsenal Times

Kulusevski continues to link with Arsenal for a potential January move | Arsenal Times

Fans demand William Saliba inclusion

William Saliba kept his 16th clean sheet of the season for Marseille on Sunday evening and Arsenal fans are demanding he plays next season.

The future of Saliba continues to hang in the balance,
with Arteta previously remaining coy on whether Saliba will be a part of his plans in 2022-23.

But this weekend saw the Frenchman keep his 16th cleansheet of the season while on loan in Ligue 1.

It is unlikely that Saliba will want to remain at the Emirates to just be sent out on loan again,
having spoken of how he has enjoyed his time in Marseille.

So after this latest display, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to once again discuss the player’s future, with many suggesting that he should make up part of Arteta’s back line next season.

16 clean sheets for Saliba with Marseille | Arsenal Times

16 clean sheets for Saliba with Marseille | Arsenal Times

 

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Nicolas Pepe drops Arsenal team news hint over Mikel Arteta’s starting XI vs Southampton

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Nicolas Pepe drops Arsenal team news hint over Mikel Arteta’s starting XI vs Southampton

Arsenal take on Ralph Hasenhüttl’s struggling Southampton side this afternoon in the hope of getting back to winning ways.

A combination of poor technical security within the middle third,
the inability to win second balls and questionable in-game management from manager Mikel Arteta prevented the Gunners from taking a single point against both Manchester United and Everton.

It’s therefore imperative that the north Londoners produce a desirable performance and clinch three points at the Emirates today.

Whilst Arteta will be slightly concerned with the goals that have been conceded of late,
the major worries still revolve around the frontline and the lack of consistent attacking patterns.

Arsenal currently sit on a negative four-goal difference,
with senior strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both struggling with their form.

Despite this, £72 million club-record signing Nicolas Pepe has appeared to drop down the pecking order,
with Eddie Nketiah given minutes ahead of him from the bench in Arsenal’s last two games,
despite the fact that the 22-year-old Englishman has rejected a new deal.

Nicolas Pepe drops team news hint ahead of Arsenal vs Southampton | Arsenal Times

Nicolas Pepe drops team news hint ahead of Arsenal vs Southampton | Arsenal Times

Whilst it’s clearly apparent that Pepe struggles to fit into a system that adopts positional play and instead is tailored to a team that plays counter-attacking football, the former Lille forward has demonstrated the ability to influence proceedings in moments through either goals or assists in Arsenal colours.

Could Nico Pepe make the difference?

Given the fact that Arsenal are struggling within the final third,
perhaps he could be the man to make the difference.

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Transfer News: Arsenal target ex-Liverpool star and Richarlison, Newcastle after Arsenal midfielder

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The Gunners target ex-Liverpool star and Richarlison, meanwhile Newcastle United are keen to sign Arsenal midfielder, Mo Elneny

Arsenal target Richarlison

Arsenal still have Everton in the crosshairs but the Gunners may have switched targets from Dominic Calvert-Lewin…

Mikel Arteta prioritised a move for the England striker initially last summer before rumours of their interest surfaced again last month.

Arsenal keen to sign Everton forward, Richarlison | Arsenal Times

Arsenal keen to sign Everton forward, Richarlison | Arsenal Times

Now, though, it is claimed Arsenal want a different Everton forward: Richarlison.

The Brazilian was in fine form in the Toffees win over Arsenal on Monday night and Fichajes reckons that performance has taken him to the top of Arteta’s wishlist.

The Gunners want Wijnaldum

Arsenal are also said to be in the running to being Georginio Wijnaldum back to the Premier League.

Wiljnaldum left Liverpool last summer to join PSG on a free transfer but his big move hasn’t gone to plan,
with the Holland star unable to pin down a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s XI.

Gini Wijnaldum offered on loan to several Premier League clubs | Arsenal Times

Gini Wijnaldum offered on loan to several Premier League clubs | Arsenal Times

Sky Sports says PSG are open to letting Wijnaldum leave the Parc Des Princes on loan in January,
with Arsenal ‘thought to be an option’.

Marca also suggests Newcastle as a possible destination should the midfielder wish to return to the club he left to join Liverpool in 2016.

Newcastle after Elneny

Of course, Newcastle have other irons in the fire…

The Magpies have been linked with 427 players since their takeover but the Daily Mail says their list has been narrowed down to five.

Mohamed Elneny is on Newcastle's radar | Arsenal Times

Mohamed Elneny is on Newcastle’s radar | Arsenal Times

On that list are the names of Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny, Tottenham defender Joe Rodon,
Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly, Lille’s Sven Botman and Borussia Monchengladbach centre-back Matthias Ginter.

 

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