The drama surrounding the top of the Premier League table may have clouded the fact that the winter transfer window is currently on. The window is not one where many deals get done, but the Premier League has also seen really good players come in through that route. This January Arsenal completed the signing of highly-rated Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard on a loan deal from Real Madrid. The loan deal would see Martin Odegaard spend the rest of the 2020/21 season in North London with Arsenal. Odegaard has been unable to cement his place in the Real Madrid line up after being one of the most sought-after young talents, and now he is hoping that another good loan deal will help push him up the pecking order.

Arsenal has struggled to create chances after ostracizing Mesut Ozil from the team for “footballing reasons”. The German has finalized a deal to Fernabache, and now Arsenal has turned to Martin Odegaard to help bridge the gap he left in the team. Odegaard had a really good loan spell with Real Sociedad last season finishing the season with 4 goals and 6 assists in 31 league games. And while the numbers are not mind-blowing, it was his general input and understanding of the game at the top end that really stood out throughout the year. He showed growth in his decision making and blended well alongside Mikel Oyazarbal.

It is important to note that loan signings are not always heavily involved because teams know they would not have them for a long period ( just ask Gareth Bale) however, this is how Arsenal could line up with Odegaard.

4-2-3-1; RW

Emile Smith-Rowe has been crucial to Arsenal’s resurgence, and I expect him to keep his place and his position in the team. Odegaard is versatile enough to play on the right-wing, which is another position Arsenal seems to have problems filling. Most importantly, this means Aubameyang plays in his favoured centre forward position.

4-3-3; RW

With this, Odegaard remains on the wings but with a different shape in midfield. A single pivot in midfield means another Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos finds his way into midfield. Ceballos has the energy to be the link between both phases in midfield, and while his performances have been up and down throughout his spell there, he will play a lot better without the burden of being the sole creator.

4-2-3-1; AM

Martin Odegaard is an attacking midfielder by trade and while Smith-Rowe has been good Odegaard is a better player and can beat him to the spot on the team. However, with Odegaard in that attacking midfield position, Aubameyang will have to deputize on the wings again.

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