Arsenal FC news: Parlour praises Odegaard transfer

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has heaped praise onto Gunners captain Martin Odegaard for how important he’s become to the club.

The Norway international has been a revelation since his move to the Emirates Stadium, which followed a difficult spell and lack of playing time at Real Madrid.

Odegaard had been shipped out on loan a few times by Los Blancos and looked to be struggling to live up to the potential seen in him when he joined the club as a highly-rated teenager, but he’s now the main man in Arsenal’s midfield.

Parlour is a big fan of Odegaard and believes Arsenal got themselves a bargain when they signed him from Real following an initial loan spell.

Speaking on talkSPORT, as quoted by HITC, Parlour said: “He’s been a brilliant signing Odegaard. £30-35m, what a steal.

Martin Odegaard has been a revelation for Arsenal

“Never injured, he always wants the ball in tight situations. That’s why Real Madrid went in for him as a youngster, he didn’t make it, but now he’s such an important player for Arsenal.”

Arsenal fans will be delighted with Odegaard’s impact this season, with the 24-year-old contributing ten goals and six assists from midfield in 26 Premier League games so far, helping Mikel Arteta’s side to a five-point lead at the top of the table.

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