Joshua King reveals how he helped Arsenal seal Martin Odegaard transfer after convincing Norway pal to join over text
23rd March 2021

MARTIN ODEGAARD'S Norwegian team-mate Joshua King revealed how he easily convinced his compatriot to sign for Arsenal.

The Real Madrid wonderkid joined the Gunners on loan until the end of the season in January.

Odegaard, 22, is emerging into a key player under Mikel Arteta having started in five of their last six league matches.

He scored his first goal for the club in the 3-1 Europa League win over Olympiakos earlier this month.

Odegaard then further endeared himself to supporters with a strike in the 2-1 victory over North London rivals Tottenham.

The playmaker has struggled to cement his place at the Bernabeu and had three loan spells before joining Arsenal.

And Everton striker King was quick to encourage Odegaard to join Arteta's revolution to showcase his skills in the Premier League.

King told NRK: "When I saw the rumour about Arsenal, I sent him a message and said: 'You have to go to Arsenal'"

"He replied, 'Are you sure? Are you sure?' – I was so sure. 

"Arsenal’s style of play and Martin… I have friends who have played for Arsenal, and I know a little about the club. 

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"In my head, I think it suited him well."

Arteta is already believed to be in talks with Real Madrid over extending his loan into next season or land him permanently.

Whether the move is financially feasible remains to be seen with the Gunners struggling to qualify for Europe.

Real Madrid could be eager to cash in on the starlet as they target big-money moves for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

Arsenal have already been handed a major transfer boost after Odegaard revealed he already feels at home.

He told BT Sport: "I have felt at home since the first day, I am happy to be here and I feel great so I'm very pleased to be a part of the team."

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