Martin Odegaard tipped to take Mesut Ozil’s number 10 shirt at Arsenal as loan fee is revealed

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The number 10 shirt at Arsenal could have a new bearer as Martin Odegaard’s arrival from Real Madrid inches closer to completion.

Martin Odegaard tipped to take Mesut Ozil’s number 10 shirt at Arsenal as loan fee is revealed

Number 10 for Odegaard

Arsenal fans are awaiting the arrival of Norwegian attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid. Arsenal had reportedly agreed to take the 22-year old on loan for the rest of the season as cover for their centre attacking midfield position.

Currently, Arsenal only have Emile Smith-Rowe who can play in the number 10 role naturally. Mikel Arteta does have other options in the form of Bukayo Saka, Willian and Joe Willock who have all played there, however, playing an orthodox style midfielder in the position would provide Arsenal with much more fluidity and synergy.

Prior to Smith-Rowe being selected into the Arsenal line-up for the match against Chelsea, Arsenal had looked completely devoid of all central creativity in the final third. They recorded their first loss since their Boxing Day victory with the 1-0 defeat at Southampton, which unsurprisingly saw Smith-Rowe rested by the Spanish coach leaving Arsenal lacking in creative quality.

With Mesut Ozil now leaving the club, the number 10 shirt has been made available. With Odegaard the natural choice coming into the club as the most senior player for the position, it has been suggested that the Norwegian could take the famous number previously worn by Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Dennis Bergkamp.

The loan fee & wages

Furthermore, another attractive part of the deal to bring Odegaard to Arsenal is that of the minimal financial impact it will have on the club.

Arsenal have been able to move on more than just Ozil in the January window with William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac both departing the club on loan. With the termination of Sokratis’ contract also adding to the amount of money saved by the Gunners.

Taking the four players into consideration and the possibility that Ozil could forego his ~£7 million wages for his contract to be terminated, Arsenal are reportedly only spending around £2.5 million to bring in Odegaard.

A loan fee of £1.8 million plus his full £38,000 wages will be all that it takes for him to join.

This presents as shrewd business by a club which has overspent on players who have been unable to match their fee or wages. Nicolas Pepe, Willian, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Kolasinac and David Luiz to name but a few have not justified their wage packets or transfer fees.

Arsenal have needed to be savvier in the market and this could be a continuation of the moves for Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Martinelli and the recent acquisition of Mat Ryan.

Martin Odegaard tipped to take Mesut Ozil’s number 10 shirt at Arsenal as loan fee is revealed

MOLDE, NORWAY – NOVEMBER 26: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal takes on Hussain Etzaz of Molde during the UEFA Europa League Group B stage match between Molde FK and Arsenal FC at Molde Stadion on November 26, 2020 in Molde, Norway. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Had they chosen to splash out on a permanent signing this January, should it have failed, it would have severely impacted their summer spending. However, this loan move for Odegaard enables not only Arsenal to choose their path in the summer more freely, but also to have a period to assess the Norwegian himself as a possible option for a more permanent situation.

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