Campbell shares definitive verdict on Arsenal signing Odegaard after manager hint

Arsenal hopes of re-signing Martin Odegaard this summer are “dead in the water”. 

That is the view of former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old’s future in light of Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment at Real Madrid.

Odegaard moved to the Emirates on loan for the second half of the 2020-21 campaign and he impressed in his 20 appearances across all competitions.

According to The Athletic, the London club have made the Norway international their number one target as they hunt an attacking midfielder this summer.

However, his future will be largely dependant on new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who hinted at keeping the attacking midfielder in a press conference this week.

Campbell is adamant Ancelotti will want to keep Odegaard on the basis he watched him in the Premier League last season.

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“It definitely isn’t good news for Arsenal that Ancelotti has gone back to Real Madrid,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“Ancelotti was in the Premier League last season so he knows how well he was playing for Arsenal.

“Listen, he will give everyone a clean slate which is only right. I am sure Odegaard is going to get a run of games at Real Madrid now so I think that ship has sailed for Arsenal.

“I think the deal is dead in the water.”

Speaking on Odegaard, Ancelotti, as quoted by the Mirror, said: “I know the squad very well, lots of experienced players who I know, and promising young players too, plus those coming back from loans.

“With this squad, without loan players like Bale, Odegaard and Ceballos, Madrid reached the Champions League semis and fought for La Liga.”

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