Mikel Arteta has seemingly launched a charm offensive saying Martin Odegaard has the potential to be one of the world’s best players.
“Well, he’s got the potential [to be one of the best]. I followed him very closely when he was at Real Sociedad and he was really impressive over there for long periods,” said Arteta of Odegaard, who joined Arsenal on loan in January.
“He had a really successful season over there and that’s one of the reasons why I was so convinced that he’s a player for us. He’s a player that I really like and, as you say, still has huge potential to become even better.”
He added: “All positive from my first conversations with him. He’s a really focused and humble boy that was really keen to join.
“He’s a really nice guy, the players like him, the staff like him, he’s easy going, a really hard worker and I’ve been very impressed with his leadership. He looks a little bit calm but on the pitch he’s got something about him.”
Odegaard has made a bright start in north London and Kevin Campbell is among those who believe the move could become a permanent one.
He told Football Insider: “While Martin Odegaard is a Real Madrid player he has been at the club six years and has never really established himself. That is a long time.
“He probably wants a home and some stability. He has no language problems coming to Arsenal. Arteta is trying to build a good culture there.
“The dressing room is finally right and that is why Odegaard probably feels comfortable.
“There is a lot of young players coming through now as well which is great for him. He can bounce off of those guys. Why not seek a home? Why not join permanently?
“He is good enough. That is one thing that I know. He just needs the platform to show it. I can see it happening.”