Spanish media hail Martin Odegaard’s Arsenal transformation

Real Madrid have been criticised for their lack of patience over former midfield star Martin Odegaard.

Odegaard famously joined Los Blancos as a 16-year-old in 2015, after being tipped as a future world class player, but his move struggled to ignite in Madrid.

Following loan spells in Spain and the Netherlands, he joined Arsenal on a six month loan, in January 2021, with his career transformed as a result.

Mikel Arteta opted to sign him permanently in 2022, before making him captain in 2023, as a crucial figure in their Premier League title charge this season.

Odegaard’s impressive performances under Arteta have raised questions over what might have been in Madrid with Spanish radio show Carrusel Deportivo discussing his rise.

“Odegaard in 2023, with the evolution he’s had, would an undisputed starter at Real Madrid”, stated Antonio Romero.

“There has not been enough patience with the player. Odegaard was Norway captain at 21, and Arsenal’s at 23”, added Bruno Alemany.

“Real Madrid did not have the patience with Odegaard that they did with others.”

Odegaard captained Norway in their 3-1 Euro 2024 qualifying opening defeat to Spain in Malaga as debutant Joselu secured a key win for Luis de la Fuente.

However, his main involvement came via a rough tackle from Manchester City’s Rodri, with Odegaard claiming he deserved a penalty, but confirming no injury damage from the challenge.

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  1. Did Real not have patience or did Odegaard not have patience?
    God knows Zidane screvved this up bad, but he wasnt going to dislodge Modric and Kroos duo.
    I guess he is happy now, and I wish him well.
    But yet another reason not to bring Zidane back.

    1. If Odegaard stayed, he would not have had the game time to develop into the player he is today.

      I think it was the right move for all parties. Odegaard needed game time and Madrid weren’t going to play him.

      I don’t think anyone is to blame. Arsenal just got him at the right time.

  2. What rubbish… Managers get judged by the trophies they win.. Who was a 20yr old
    odergaard gonna displace in that squad of Zidanes … Kroos… modric… casemiro… # Bring Zidane back and think before you talk

    1. he was judged, and therefore he is out of the job, if you were a Real fan youd know that, but you are not a fan but a poser, arent you?

  3. Not interested in the “ Madridistas” opinions.Their loss.Our gain.Payback for that con job on Ozil.Karma.

  4. Not interested in the madridistas opinions.Their loss our gain.Payback for that con job Ozil.Karma.

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