FPL Gameweek eight tips: Arsenal midfielders and Wolves strikers tipped for points
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Arsenal secured the signature of Martin Odegaard this summer as the midfielder brought his time with Real Madrid to an end to join the Gunners on a permanent deal. Odegaard enjoyed a successful loan spell in north London during the second half of last season.
The Norway international wasn’t registered in time to play against Chelsea in Arsenal’s second game of the campaign but has since started all of his team’s Premier League clashes.
And Odegaard has become a key player for Mikel Arteta’s side, helping Arsenal win three of their last four league matches.
But now, former Arsenal team-mate Mat Ryan has claimed the 22-year-old is open to a move back to Real Sociedad – a club at which he impressed during another productive loan spell two seasons ago.
Like Odegaard, Ryan also joined Arsenal on a temporary basis in January after being unceremoniously dropped as first-choice Brighton keeper by Graham Potter and being told to find a new club.
The Australia international played three Premier League games for the Gunners before joining Real Sociedad in the summer.
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“Before I knew Real were interested in me, he [Odegaard] told me that Real, because of his experience here, was a great team, a 10 out of 10 in everything – the team, the life here, the public, everything,” Ryan said this week.
“And now I agree with him. He’s comfortable at Arsenal – but he’s open to coming back one day, for sure.”
Ryan’s revelation could worry Arsenal fans, who will be desperate for Odegaard to carve out a stellar career in England.
The Gunners have struggled to create chances this season and many supporters see Odegaard as the player who can unlock opposition defences.
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He has already proved to be the match-winner on one occasion this season after notching the only goal of the game in victory against Burnley.
“To get the club up the table, to the top of the league and to fight for European football,” Odegaard said last month when asked about his Arsenal ambitions.
“For this season, obviously we want to get back to European football and then hopefully with time win trophies – the Champions League – and hopefully win the Premier League within a couple of years.
“That’s how it should be at this club – that’s the standard.”
Odegaard played 36 times during his campaign with La Real, scoring seven goals and creating nine more as the side finished sixth in La Liga to secure a Europa League place.
He will be hoping to be in Arteta’s starting team when Arsenal host Crystal Palace on Monday night.
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