Freddie Ljungberg questions Arsenal transfer chiefs over Martin Odegaard signing
Former Arsenal caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg has questioned the decision to bring Martin Odegaard to the club.
Odegaard headed to the Emirates on loan from Real Madrid in January and has been a regular under Mikel Arteta.
He earned a place in Arsenal fans’ hearts by netting against fierce rivals Tottenham in Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Though Ljungberg, who took charge between Unai Emery’s sacking and Arteta’s appointment late in 2019, has admitted his surprise at the signing.
Asked on Sky Sports whether he was surprised, Ljungberg said: “Yes, I’m a little bit like – Odegaard is a great player, don’t get me wrong – if you have a young players in the same kind of position that you want to develop, you take someone on loan, that you don’t have a buy option on, you’re just developing for another club, like Madrid in this case.
“I don’t understand that 100 per cent. I think if we want to go forward with Arsenal as a football club, it’s the young ones that will make a difference.
“They need games and Emile doesn’t need to be a winger, being a moved for another player. He needs to play in his position.”
Odegaard’s strike against Tottenham followed up his wonder goal in the Europa League on Thursday.
Arteta said after the clash with Olympiakos: "He helps us to do the processes much better.
"He helps us as a team because he gives us a lot of continuity on the ball.
"He's really intelligent to find the spaces, he attracts a lot of opponents. We ask him to score goals, to arrive in the box.
"Today, he scored a brilliant goal and his contribution was really important for the team."
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