‘Heartbroken’ Odegaard aims for next move amid Arsenal links

Arsenal playmaker on loan Martin Odegaard has indicated where he wants to play his football next season, according to a report.

Norwegian, 22, began to show why Real Madrid fought for his signing at such a young age. His performances for Arsenal against Tottenham and West Ham set the tone ahead of the international break. By all accounts, the Gunners have a strong desire to make their temporary move permanent.

A report last week described the number necessary to make a success of the coup. With Real one of the many involved in the Erling Haaland draw, the sale of Odegaard would go some way to bolstering their war chest for the hitman.

Arsenal will seek to extend Odegaard’s stay in one form or another and talks will begin at the end of the season.

“I talk to him every day,” Arteta said. “I see his face, his body language and he looks really happy here right now.

“Our contract with him is until the end of the season. What we have to do is try to make him perform, develop and be as happy as he can be.

The midfielder has said he is “happy” in north London, although the latest report has revealed his true feelings.

90min state that Odegaard is said to be heartbroken about leaving Los Blancos without having a lasting impact.

He was reportedly told he was free to find a new club at the end of the season, and Odegaard has made it clear his intention to stay in England.

Whether Arsenal is their landing point is another question, as contact has already been made with ‘three’ other Premier League sides.

Interest will also come from the continent, especially PSG and Inter.

A move to Italy is however considered a low priority, Odegaard preferring to stay in England where he is already installed.

Arsenal staff insufficient for Arteta – Neville game plan

Meanwhile, Gary Neville says that up to five players from Mikel Arteta’s squad have given Arsenal’s game plan against Liverpool no chance of producing a result.

Arsenal lost 3-0 to the Reds on Saturday in the first match of both teams after the international break. After a goalless first half, Liverpool substitute Diogo Jota made the difference. The Portugal international scored a brace on either side of Mohamed Salah’s cool strike ahead of Bernd Leno.

He said: “We saw old Arsenal tonight. It is very shabby. I didn’t like it from the first minute. There was a real lack of hunger.

Speaking after the game, he added: “A lack of rhythm, a lack of plan.

“But I have to say that when you carry too many people who don’t want to do the job without the ball, to the extent that four or five haven’t, then Arteta’s game plan is gone.

“Arteta knows where he needs to go. And he has confirmation of that tonight.

READ MORE: Arteta livid as he explains how Arsenal’s loss to Liverpool left him ‘in shock’

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