Martin Odegaard has praised Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for helping him at the club although he remains unsure about his future.
The Norwegian has scored 2 goals in 12 games in all competitions since joining on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season.
Rumors are rife that the Gunners will make the deal permanent in the summer, and it is believed that such a deal will likely spell the end for the likes of Reiss Nelson and Dani Ceballos at the Emirates.
Odegaard was very impressive in the Premier League game against West Ham as Arsenal came from 3 goals down to eventually draw 3 all on Sunday as he pulled strings in midfield.
Regardless, when asked about his future in North London, he didn’t give much away, saying;
“I haven’t thought about what’ll happen in summer,” Odegaard told VGTV. “The deal with Arsenal is until the end of season. We’ll see what happens this summer. I’ve said things before that I still stand for: stability and development are key words.”
Odegaard added: “It’s been improving from the very beginning. I feel I quickly adapted and understood how we play. I lacked match fitness and self-confidence. The more games I’ve played, the better I’ve become. It’s a rising curve.”
When asked about how he relates with Mikel Arteta, Odegaard continued: “Very good. He is incredible. I have a lot to learn from him. I just need to ‘sharpen my ears’ and pay attention. He is fantastic.”
The Spanish boss was full of praise for the 22-year-old’s performance after the game against West Ham. He described his input in the game as incredible.
“I think he had an incredible performance,” said Arteta. “I think he was very intelligent the way he read the game, the way he affected the game and again he showed how much he wanted to win.
“When everyone was a little trembling he gave us that stability and that composure on the ball and he created chance after chance.
“He’s been showing that, I think, from week one. The way he steps on the pitch, he always wants the ball, the way he commands the pressing. He’s been really influential.
“I think we’ve all been a bit surprised because he looks really shy and humble, but when he steps on that pitch he’s a real character and he loves to play football.”