Tony Cascarino has suggested Arsenal moving to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid could prove to be a smart move for the club.
The ex-top-flight striker was speaking about the potential transfer during his weekly article in The Times.
Odegaard is set to sign for the Gunners from the La Liga outfit until the end of the season, with a deal thought to be agreed.
The youngster has found first-team football hard to come by this season and he’ll hope to play plenty of football for the Gunners.
Last season, the Norway international shone on loan at Real Sociedad, scoring seven goals and claiming nine assists from 36 appearances.
He has managed just nine outings this season though and Arsenal have beaten Sociedad to take him on a temporary basis.
Cascarino believes the move makes a lot of sense.
He told The Times: “Martin Odegaard could prove to be a shrewd signing for Arsenal.
“Mikel Arteta needs more creativity and the 22-year-old can be the spark that lifts Arsenal to the European places. If he does that he’ll have been a success.
“He will also want to protect Emile Smith Rowe, who has thrived since his introduction but has ended up shouldering the creative burden.
“Odegaard will be keen to prove himself to Zinedine Zidane and it could be a smart move all-round.”
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It does seem somewhat foolish for anyone to suggest that landing Odegaard on loan would be a bad addition.
Arsenal have been desperately seeking a creative spark this season and as a youngster, Smith Rowe can’t do it all on his own.
The youngster has been in fine form but at 20-years-old there will come a time when he needs taking out of the spotlight.
Odegaard has a superb passing range and the £85,000-a-week star is more than capable of weighing in with goals and assists.
Arsenal need a boost to get them on a good run to climb the table and the international playmaker could be just the tonic for Arteta.