Martin Odegaard opens up on decision to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal

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Martin Odegaard has recently opened up on his decision to leave Real Madrid for current side, Arsenal.

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One of Arsenal’s biggest signings of the summer transfer window saw them bring in Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.

The Norwegian had previously spent the second half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan in north London.

During this period, Odegaard would provide some much-needed creativity to an Arsenal side that was relying heavily on Emile Smith Rowe in the no.10 role.

Odegaard on leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal

Odegaard, in turn, then endured a slightly slow start to life back in the Premier League.

The midfielder started in all of Arsenal’s league outings between gameweek three and gameweek eight.

However, the former Real Madrid man scored just once and provided no assists in said ties.

Odegaard was, as a result, reduced to a substitute role, featuring in every league game since week eight, but not starting for four successive outings.

Since, though, the talented creator has returned to the starting fold for Arsenal, and improved a great deal.

The 23-year-old is currently winning the battle with Smith Rowe for a starting spot in Arsenal’s front-four.

This comes with Odegaard, across his last five Premier League appearances, having scored three and assisted one for the north Londoners.

And now, the Arsenal star has opted to open up on his original decision to leave Real Madrid for the Emirates:

“I feel like it was the right choice when things were the way they were in Madrid. I signed when I was 16 and now was the right time to look to the future. I thought this was the perfect club (Arsenal) for me.”

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2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 18 27 38
4 Arsenal FC 18 4 32
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 -1 26
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
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10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
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14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 18 -23 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
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Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
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