Arteta has spoken about the situation of Martin Odegaard as he is ready to play for Manchester United.
Mikel Arteta claims that the battle of being the new Messi forMartin Odegaard
is already a lost battle. The Norwegian 22 year-old player joinedArsenal
with a short-term loan deal. Arteta plans to use him in the 8 and 10 position.
“I wouldn't even get close to that name you just mentioned [Messi] because it's a lost battle in my opinion. Martin is Martin,”
Arteta said of Arsenal's match-up with Manchester United on Saturday.
“He's such a talent. He needs the right environment, a little bit of time, but he's got the qualities to be a success for us. He's a specialist to playing in the pockets, to be in the number eight, number 10 positions.
“He can play on the sides, a really creative player, really comfortable on the ball in tight spaces, the capacity to create chances, to score goals.
“Something he has improved a lot is his work rate without the ball as well. It's another option to give us more creativity in the final third. He certainly has all the qualities and characteristics that we are looking for.
“Then it would be down to two things – first of all, how well he adapts here and how much of an impact he can have in our team, and second, what Real Madrid and the player thinks about it because he's owned by Real Madrid and the player has a big say on that.
“I just wanted to give him a clear picture of who we are as a club, what we are trying to do, what we expect from him, just try to transmit the passion and excitement that we had to bring him in.
“I wanted to show him the project, how he fits and just try to persuade him that this is the right place for him and try to make things work.”