Odegaard lifts the lid on joining Real Madrid and working with Arteta

Arsenal loanee Martin Odegaard lifts the lid on the ‘high expectations’ following his arrival at Real Madrid as a 16-year-old, working with ‘top coach’ Mikel Arteta and why the Gunners will be ‘back at the top very soon’

  • Martin Odegaard moved to Arsenal from Real Madrid until the end of the season 
  • The playmaker struggled for game time and was lured to Arsenal by Mikel Arteta 
  • Odegaard has now opened up on the high expectations on him after joining Real 
  • He is also adamant that Arsenal will be back at the top under ‘top coach’ Arteta 

Arsenal loanee Martin Odegaard has revealed all on signing for Real Madrid as a starstruck 16-year-old in a new interview – and took the time to laud Mikel Arteta.

The Norway international joined Arsenal in January on a short-term deal until the end of the season and didn’t hold back when lavishing praise on the man responsible for luring him to the Emirates.

Odegaard has also insisted Arsenal will return to the top-level ‘very soon’ despite the club’s lowly Premier League position.

Arsenal star Martin Odegaard opened up on signing for Real Madrid and praised Mikel Arteta

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a fine start to his loan spell but was forced to seek a move away from his parent club due to a lack of first-team action.

He has now opened up on his wild experience signing for Madrid back in January 2015, and admitted the daunting task to impress was lost on him due to his age.

‘It was a bit crazy at that time, to be honest,’ Odegaard told BT Sport. ‘I didn’t realise because I was so young. 

Odegaard signed for Madrid aged 16 and has admitted there were ‘high expectations’ of him

‘When you have Real Madrid behind your name, it’s always going to be high expectations. 

‘To be honest, I think my expectations of myself have always been bigger than the expectations from the outside. 

‘For me, the hardest part is to please myself and not everyone else.’ 

Odegaard was left spoiled for choice for his next move after dropping down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane and chose to join Arsenal.

After struggling for game time, Odegaard was convinced to join Arsenal by head coach Arteta

Sportsmail revealed in January that Arteta was able to convince Odegaard to sign after laying out his plans for him.

And the player himself has now confirmed the Arsenal head coach proved the decisive factor.

When questioned on what drew him to the club, Odegaard said: ‘First of all, the manager and his ideas, the way he wants to play football. 

‘He’s a top coach, he’s really intelligent. He’s really smart. There are so many things to learn from him, so I’m just happy to be here.’

Odegaard says Arsenal will return to the top-level ‘very soon’ despite their current struggles

Odegaard is yet to register his maiden goal or assist in England, but has impressed in the No 10 role. 

His sights are now set on helping Arsenal back into the Champions League – and the youngster is insistent the process will not take long.

He said: ‘I think the club is in the process now where things have changed a little bit but, from what I’m seeing here and what I’ve experienced at the club, I’m sure that the club will be back at the top very soon.’

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