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Martin Keown has rated Arsenal’s decision to sign Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard
Martin Keown insists Martin Odegaard will ‘bring quality’ to Arsenal but wonders what his imminent arrival means for fellow Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos.
Premier League club Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign Norway international Odegaard on loan from Real.
The 22-year-old joined Real Madrid in 2015 but has only made eight La Liga appearances for the club and has been sent out on four separate loan moves.
Odegaard is set for another spell away from the Spanish capital and Arsenal appear to have won the race to secure his signature, with the club hoping to wrap up the deal this weekend.
Keown is happy Arsenal are set to strengthen Mikel Arteta’s options in midfield but has suggested the Norwegian’s arrival will spell the end for Ceballos.
Spain international Ceballos has only started ten of Arsenal’s 19 Premier League matches this season and Keown reckons his parent club Real Madrid will be ‘concerned’ about his playing time.
The Gunners legend told talkSPORT: ‘I’m assuming Arsenal are all over it. He [Odegaard] brings that quality into the midfield. It’s an area Arsenal need to strengthen.
‘Does that mean [Dani] Ceballos will go? He’s on loan as well. Is he going to get football? Real Madrid may be concerned, he hasn’t played that much so far.’
Another former Arsenal star, Kevin Campbell, is less optimistic about the deal for Odegaard. He told Metro.co.uk in an exclusive interview:
‘We’ve got enough experience in the squad to last a lifetime, we need to bring that age group down within the squad.
‘Odegaard was on loan for the last season with Real Sociedad and did really well, went back to his parent club in Real Madrid and it hasn’t quite worked out for him.
‘You’re thinking to yourself the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, they’re going to start to hit the buffers but Modric has been unbelievable this season, Kroos is still a world-class player.
‘So he’s found chances limited. He’s not the type of kid who wants to just sit around, he wants to play, he’s a very talented player.
‘It is a risk because I don’t know how he would react to playing in the Premier League but one thing I do know is he’s got the talent.’