Martin Odegaard has praised ‘fantastic’ Mikel Arteta’s management and emphasised his desire for stability in whatever happens this summer.
After putting together four impressive appearances in a row for Arsenal in the last couple of weeks, Martin Odegaard has gone away on international duty with Norway.
The 22-year-old was recently made captain of his national team, so everything is going well for him right now. But his future remains uncertain, as he still has a contract with parent club Real Madrid and is only on loan at Arsenal.
In quotes to the Norwegian media reported by Arilas Ould-Saada, Odegaard admitted he has a great relationship with Mikel Arteta.
“Very good,” Odegaard said. “He is incredible. I have a lot to learn from him. I just need to ‘sharpen my ears’ and pay attention. He is fantastic.”
As for what’s next, the midfielder is keeping his cards close to his chest. However, he made a point of emphasising his priorities of ‘stability’ and ‘development’, not for the first time.
“I haven’t thought about what’ll happen in summer,” Odegaard continued. “Deal with Arsenal is until the end of the season. We’ll see what happens this summer. I’ve said things before that I still stand by: ‘Stability’ and ‘development’ are key words.”
You’d think that means Odegaard would push back against another loan spell next season, or another period of sitting on the bench in Madrid. Instead, he’ll want to be starting matches regularly, whether that’s with Arsenal or back in Spain.