Arsenal transfer promise to Martin Odegaard tipped to mean big Emile Smith Rowe change

Arsenal have promised Martin Odegaard significant playing time in trying to convince him to make the switch from Real Madrid to the Emirates. The Norway international is set to join Mikel Arteta’s side on loan until the end of the season.

Odegaard has started just three times in La Liga this campaign and will give the Gunners another exciting attacking option.

Emile Smith Rowe has emerged in recent weeks and plays in the same position as the 22-year-old.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes the former could move position and play wide to accommodate Odegaard.

He said on his YouTube channel: “Only about a month and a half ago or so, Arsenal were thinking of letting him (Emile Smith Rowe) go on loan, but things have changed in recent times because he has showed that he has the consistency and the ability to stay in the first team.

“Perhaps he can play wide if necessary, in a different part of the pitch, or just be there while Odegaard gets adapted to the rhythm and the team and the system of an Arsenal side that will play him.

“That is what has been promised. There will be lots of minutes, and that’s why Arsenal have become the biggest option, also because Real Madrid didn’t want to offer him to Real Sociedad.”

Arsenal had a dismal start to the season but have since improved with Arteta playing the likes of Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

Odegaard has pushed for a move away from Real Madrid after growing frustrated with his lack of playing time.

Smith Rowe has had a breakthrough season, with three assists in his five Premier League appearances.

The signing of Odegaard will follow through on Edu’s vow to fans recently on transfers.

“It’s quite clear what we need,” Edu told supporters at a fans’ forum.

“We need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now.”

The signing of Odegaard will take some of the pressure off of Smith Rowe who has become so integral to the Gunners in recent weeks.

Arteta hailed Smith Rowe earlier this month for the impact he was having for Arsenal.

Arteta said: “He is a player that I really liked since the first day I watched him. Just the way he moves, how intelligent he is with the positions he takes and his work rate – don’t underestimate that.

“He works really hard for the team and he had a really bad injury this year and hasn’t really trained with us at all.

“For the last two weeks he has been much more involved and you can see what he can bring to the team.

“I am delighted to have a young player with his talent and in that position. It was something that we needed.”

Arsenal return to action this lunchtime when they take on Newcastle in the FA Cup.

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