Mikel Arteta has reportedly informed the Gunners chief he wants to keep Martin Odegaard at the club beyond the end of his loan after being impressed by the attacking midfielder’s impact.
The 22-year-old was on target for the Gunners in the north London derby win over local rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to follow up his goal against Olympiacos in mid-week.
And it seems that has been enough to convince Mikel Arteta to try and make the move permanent if a deal can be done.
Odegaard’s loan is due to expire at the end of the season, at which point he is expected to return to parent club Real Madrid.
However, Madrid’s difficult financial situation could tempt them into offloading the 22-year-old attacking midfielder to fund new signings of their own.
Arsenal chiefs are due to hold talks with Real Madrid representatives at the end of the campaign to discuss the prospect of retaining Odegaard’s services.
And according to The Mail , Arteta has urged the Arsenal board to do all they can to strike an agreement, even if that means taking Martin Odegaard on another loan spell next season.
The Gunners’ technical director Edu Gasper will now explore the possibility, though Madrid could push for a permanent transfer.