Replacing Willock with £34m signing could become Arsenal disaster-class - TBR View
Arsenal sold Joe Willock to Newcastle last week. This week they’re set to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid. But, is Mikel Arteta going to live to regret making these deals?
Seeing Willock leave hurt the Gunners fan base. At 21 he has a bright future. During last season at Newcastle, he scored seven times during his final seven appearances for the club. Many fans felt that had earned him a chance at his boyhood club.
Odegaard was the man signed to replace Willock last season. He operated in the number ten role, scoring two goals and claims two assists. Many supporters didn’t feel that was enough given his potential.
The man set to sign from Real Madrid has a lot to prove. He will need to hit the ground running and ensure that Arsenal fans aren’t left pining for Willock to return.
The man who signed for Newcastle last week made 78 appearances for Arsenal. He was largely used as a peripheral figure though and the Gunners didn’t really see the best of him.
Arsenal’s loss is Newcastle’s gain. The Magpies have landed themselves a player who could really thrive at the football club in the coming years.
Odegaard will certainly need to showcase more than he did last season for the Gunners. He was sporadic rather than consistent and Arsenal will need to see more.
Has Arteta dropped an Arsenal clanger?
Many will rightly feel as though he has. Odegaard has potential too but as a Hale End graduate many Gunners fans will feel he has been banished too soon.
A fee of £34 million is a lot of money for Arsenal to fork out. During the 2019/20 campaign, the Norway captain scored seven goals and claimed nine assists on loan at Real Sociedad.
Odegaard is going to have to replicate such form for the Gunners, otherwise, fans will feel very shortchanged.
Willock was one of their own and if he does better at Newcastle than Odegaard does at Arsenal, these transfer dealings will quickly look like a disaster-class by Arteta.
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