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Arsenal legend Alan Smith hoping Martin Odegaard is not another ’embarrassment’ like Denis Suarez

  • January 23, 2021

Arsenal legend Alan Smith hoping Martin Odegaard is not another 'embarrassment' like Denis Suarez
The Norwegian is closing in on a loan move to the Emirates this month (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith does not expect Martin Odegaard to make a big impact during his loan and hopes the Gunners are not making another mistake like they did with Denis Suarez.

The north London club are in advanced talks with Real Madrid to bring in Odegaard until the end of the season, with manager Mikel Arteta very keen to bring in a creative number 10 to bolster his attacking options.

Some Arsenal fans fear he could affect Emile Smith Rowe’s development, but Smith does not envisage Odegaard becoming an automatic starter and is wary about the move – particularly so soon after former Barcelona loanee Suarez flopped at the Emirates.


Arsenal target and Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard
Odegaard has found chances hard to come by under Zinedine Zidane (Picture: Getty)

Asked why Arsenal need Odegaard when they already have Smith Rowe, Gunners legend Smith told Astro SuperSport: ‘To have another option perhaps. I don’t think he’d walk into the team by any stretch.

‘He’s had his problems developing at Real Madrid and the last thing Arsenal want is to get somebody in who can’t offer anything.

‘You think back to Denis Suarez [the season before last] who came to the club and physically he just wasn’t ready and then he picked up injuries.

‘It was a bit of an embarrassment in the end, so hopefully they will do their homework on Odegaard.

‘He’s a young player that went to Real Madrid, and so much is expected of him, and as so often happens it doesn’t quite materialise like that.

‘But they’ve been looking for more creativity. Smith Rowe has provided that. They were linked to Christian Eriksen as well the other day.

‘So it’s that kind of player that can make the difference against a deep-lying defence that’s defending in numbers.


Arsenal Unveil New Signing Denis Suarez
Denis Suarez only made four league appearances for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I wouldn’t be expecting him to start many games, somebody that would just dip in and out perhaps.

‘But Arsenal have almost got one hand tied behind their back because financially they can’t throw money at it so they’ve got to be fairly creative in getting these loans in. Ceballos has been brought in from Real Madrid, they’ve got that relationship.

‘Ceballos has done well during his time at the Emirates I think so hopefully Odegaard could come and he’s got a point to prove and he could add something to what they’ve got.’


MORE : Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta responds to Martin Odegaard question and plays down Emile Smith Rowe fears


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Article source: https://metro.co.uk/2021/01/23/arsenal-news-alan-smith-wary-of-martin-odegaard-being-another-denis-suarez-13955608/

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