With £35m, Arsenal has their own Santi Cazorla

16 Mar 2022 | 06:41 | Football

 Arsenal are still struggling to regain the status of a big team in the Premier League with strong investment from the Kroenke family.

Odegaard returns to Arsenal

There was a time when the abilities of Technical Director Edu were questioned at Arsenal. That’s when they finished the season with 8th place for the first time in many years. However, the summer of 2021 quickly helped Edu regain credibility in the hearts of fans. 
With £35 million, Arsenal has their own Santi Cazorla - Football

 Odegaard gradually became a mainstay of the Gunners.

With £ 150 million spent, Edu has brought to the Emirates 6 rookies and most of them are starting at this time. These young players have given a huge impetus to the Gunners to compete fairly with their rivals in the top 4 race. And among those rookies, the most praised must be Martin Odegaard .

Unlike the other five, the midfielder spent half a year with the Gunners, before Arsenal and Real Madrid agreed a £35 million deal.  According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal do not accept the White Vultures to set a buy-back clause, in the same way they have done with players like Sergio Reguilon who currently plays for Spurs or Alvaro Morata, who previously played for Chelsea.

It must be added that, Odegaard joined Real at the age of 16 but mostly played for the youth team (Real Madrid Castilla), before being loaned to the Netherlands for two seasons.

After that, he spent an impressive “rental” period at Real Sociedad in 2019. But despite his sublime performance at Sociedad, his playing time for Real Madrid was still limited and Arsenal wanted to. loaned the midfielder in the January 2021 transfer window. The next part as we know it is history. 

The Norway international has played a key role in improving Arsenal’s play this season and it’s not hard to see why their third-highest expected goal ratio (xG) in the league since December 17 is where. 
With £35 million, Arsenal has their own Santi Cazorla - Football

 Santi Cazorla brings indescribable emotions to Arsenal fans.

Like Santi Cazorla, Odegaard has the soft and slick dribbling of a Latin player. The slight difference between the two is that Cazorla’s physical condition is not equal to that of his younger brother.

Currently, Odegaard is being arranged to play as a 10, right behind the center of the striker, but if the team needs to turn to play 4-3-3 with “2 8s” standing in front of the opponent’s box, Odegaard also not afraid. 

Edu was right to prevent Real Madrid from setting a buy-back clause. After only half a season, Odegaard’s influence on Arsenal’s play was too great. It is fair to say that since Santi Cazorla arrived at Arsenal from Malaga a decade ago, one has never seen such a passionate and skillful midfielder at the Emirates Stadium.


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