The next season will be a rather difficult one for Arsenal as the club’s performance was below par this time out. Things have not gone Mikel Arteta’s way and there is an expectancy of a complete build over in the squad.
The likes of David Luiz and Willian are likely to leave the club. Alexander Lacazette’s future is uncertain as he hasn’t signed a new contract. There are some good Arsenal players on loan in the form of Guendouzi, Joe Willock, Torreira, and Ainsley Maitland Niles.
While there are other players who can fetch some value to the Gunners. Mikel Arteta has some key decisions on his hand in terms of who to keep and who to sell. Odegaard and Ceballos are both on loan and Arsenal have to take a call on their future.
Odegaard came on to join the Gunners mid-season and added instant inspiration to the team. However, he could not continue his good form and was even out due to injury problems.
In 18 games for Arsenal, the Norwegian attacker has only managed to get 2 goals to his name. Nicolas Pepe also has returned to some resemblance of form for the Gunners this season.
Mikel Arteta has to assess his options because signing Odegaard would use a big chunk of Arsenal’s transfer budget. In the end, it may all come down to the price Real Madrid are demanding for him.
Arsenal fans divided on the prospect of retaining Odegaard
Arsenal’s fans are divided on the prospect of signing the loanee on a permanent basis. The player had stated earlier that he was happy at the Emirates but the decision on his future would be Real Madrid’s call.
As per reports from tbrfootball the thread soon had reactions like, “Go back Please”, ” Overrated”. It looks as if Odegaard has failed to impress the North London crowd. A bit harsh maybe considering he has spent so little time with Arsenal.
Injuries had derailed his momentum but injuries have also been a problem for him since his time at Real Madrid. All of this will factor into Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s decision. The emergence of Emile Smith Rowe is another key factor.
Arsenal have good players available and they can focus their funds on a renowned attacking midfielder instead. Plainly speaking Madrid’s price tag of €40 million is just too much for Odegaard.
Ceballos too has had an injury-prone season and Arsenal face a similar scenario with him. Madrid will ask for a €35m+ price tag and Arteta will have to decide whether it’s worth it or not. Arsenal could try and pursue a combined swap deal for both the players including some of their existing players in the deal.
Since Arsenal have fired blanks on all ends this season a big transfer budget would quite simply be wishful thinking. The club will have to rely on sale of players and swap deals to rebuild their squad which is why both of these transfers might just be too expensive.
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