Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is backing international teammate Martin Odegaard to be a success at Arsenal after the Norwegian secured his loan move to the Emirates.
Haaland is hoping that Odegaard will be given game time by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta after the attacking midfielder struggled for minutes in the first half of the season at Real Madrid:
“It will be interesting. Arsenal is a big club in England. It’s a bit different football, but I think he can fit in well with Mikel Arteta in the 10-role. He can enjoy himself there… He has to get in there and simply start playing matches. That’s what he needs. We know how good Ødegaard can be. When he gains confidence with the ball, we know that the most incredible things can happen. So he just has to “kick on” there.”
It is not surprising that Haaland takes a keen interest in Odegaard’s future, considering they are a similar age and they are likely to be playing together at international level for many years.
However, Haaland’s praise for Arsenal, in particular, will cause some excitement, although it is unlikely that he’ll be making a switch to the Gunners any time soon. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are thought to be interested in the striker, who has scored 21 goals in 19 appearances for Dortmund so far this season.