Darren Bent prefers £30m Arsenal ace to £68m Manchester United star
TalkSPORT pundit Darren Bent says he wouldn’t swap Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard with Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.
The £30million Gunners playmaker has been in impressive form lately, pulling the strings for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Odegaard has registered five goals and three assists in the Premier League to help Arsenal climb into the top-four.
The 23-year-old initially struggled at the Emirates Stadium, and it took him a while to truly get going.
But now, he’s arguably one of the best midfielders in the English top flight alongside Manchester United’s Fernandes.
The Red Devils ace continues to shine, with nine goals and 14 assists this season.
“He’s perfect for what Arsenal are doing”
Fernandes is reportedly set to sign a new five-year deal after impressing since arriving at Old Trafford in 2020.
However, Bent claims the £68million man wouldn’t replace Odegaard at the Emirates Stadium.
TalkSPORT co-host Andy Goldstein asked him whether he’d take Fernandes at Arsenal.
Bent insisted he wouldn’t, preferring their current No.10.
The former Premier League striker said: “Of course, he’s been a very good player for Manchester United.
“But I’m still waiting for him to turn up when they really need him in those big games.”
Goldstein then told Bent: “But there’s no doubt that Bruno Fernandes is an excellent player.
“And there’s no doubt that him signing a five-year deal at Man United is fantastic news.
“You’d have him in a heartbeat Arsenal.”
Bent replied: “No, I wouldn’t – I’ll tell you that right now. No, I would not.
“Right now, I’d rather have Martin Odegaard with the way Arsenal are playing.
“I’m taking Odegaard in that role for Arsenal. He’s perfect for what Arsenal are doing right now.
“I wouldn’t swap him for Bruno.”
“Odegaard has proved me wrong”
Odegaard recently earned praise from Arsenal icon Paul Merson too.
Writing in the Daily Star, the Highbury legend admitted he was wrong about the former Bernabeu ace.
“Martin Odegaard has proved me wrong and is becoming the leader Arsenal need to pass their toughest test yet,” he wrote.
“He is the main man there now and the first name on the teamsheet for me. He has really improved and is doing the business.
“I think the players respect him because they can see he’s a real player. I didn’t see it at first, I have to admit.”