The Gunners have been impressed since signing Odegaard from Real Madrid in January

Arsenal are keen to make Martin Odegaard’s loan move from Real Madrid permanent in the summer.

The 22-year-old has started to show his best form since joining on loan in January, scoring two goals in his last three games and being an integral part of Arsenal’s comeback from 3-0 down against West Ham on Sunday.

There was a question of his transfer fee being a sticking point recently, with Madrid possibly wanting more than £50m for his services. There’s also little chance of the Gunners meeting his release clause, as it stands at a world record £300m.

Odegaard himself has been pressed on his future by Norwegian press during the international break, and revealed that two things are key to his future: development and stability.

Those two things are hard to come by at Madrid, and with Odegaard seemingly more than happy at the Emirates, a summer move could be likely.

Mikel Arteta is a part of that feeling, and Odegaard spoke about his new manager recently as well, saying:

“He is incredible. I have a lot to learn from him. I just need to ‘sharpen my ears’ and pay attention. He is fantastic.

“It’s been about improving from the very beginning. I feel I quickly adapted and understood how we play. I lacked match fitness and self-confidence. The more games I’ve played, the better I’ve become. It’s a rising curve.”

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