Martin Odegaard answered questions on his long-term future on Sunday, after making the first start of his loan spell at Arsenal.
Martin Odegaard is only on a simple loan deal with Arsenal as things stand, without an option to buy. Reports in the media suggest Arsenal will reassess his situation in talks in the summer, but ultimately it will be up to the player and Real Madrid.
Guillem Balague recently claimed there’s little-to-no chance of Odegaard joining Arsenal on a permanent deal, but the 22-year-old remained non-committal on his future when asked on Sunday.
“You never know what is going to happen,” Odegaard admitted. “For now, I am just focusing on doing my best this season and helping the team as much as possible.”
The good news is that he seems to be happy with his start in North London so far. The midfielder made a positive full debut at the weekend, and he says everyone at Arsenal has helped him to settle in since his move.
“It’s a bit different but I think I am adapting pretty okay,” Odegaard told Arsenal.com. “The way they took me into the team – my teammates – and how they treated me, as well as the manager and everyone in the club, they helped me since the first minute.
“I feel really comfortable and a part of the team, so it’s been easy to come into this team because of the way they are and the way they treated me. I’m just really happy to be here and I’m proud to be a part of this team.”
Based on Arsenal’s step up in performance at the weekend, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Odegaard earning himself further starts in the coming weeks and months. That’s what he’s here for, after all.
If he can help Arsenal snatch a European qualification spot, either through the league or the Europa League, I’m sure the club would be keen to reward him with a long-term deal.