"Odegaard? He's a superclass, but ..."

Tony Adams, Arsenal legend, also had doubts about the Norwegian's arrival at Arsenal. "It's a special league. Some adapt, some don't."


Another Arsenal legend, Tony Adams, joined Martin Keown in questioning Arsenal's decision to bet on Martin Odegaard in the January window. Mikel Arteta chose to incorporate the Real Madrid player on loan for the rest of the season and, after leaving the first matches from the bench, the 22-year-old has become a regular in his plans. "The Premier League is a bit special for Odegaard," he said on BT. “Some players respond and can, others don't. I think he is a super player, with a lot of talent. But is the Premier for him? I'm not really sure about that. "

Odegaard has started four of the last five games, but has yet to register a goal or an assist. In his first months in North London it has been difficult for him to be a decisive player in midfield, but it is likely that he will continue to start after Smith Rowe limped in the victory against Leicester City.

Another former Arsenal player, Martin Keown, had already publicly criticized the decision to use Odegaard at 10 and with Emile Smith Rowe being forced to play on the left wing. After initially stating that he had "reservations" about his arrival, he reaffirmed last week by suggesting it was a "project" the Gunners would not have time to enjoy. "Odegaard is another project that Arsenal have no time for right now. There is no time to lose," he told BT Sport. “There is a good player there, somewhere, underneath all that, and he has glimpses of real quality. But Smith Rowe was now ready to break into that position. I would put him back in that position. "

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