Midfielder Martin Odegaard has opened up on the differences between the dressing rooms at Arsenal and Real Madrid
Martin Odegaard joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in a deal worth €35 million during the summer transfer window. The attacking midfielder has now opened up on what the dressing room is like at the two clubs, claiming one is nothing like the other.
When asked about the differences between Real Madrid and Arsenal, Odegaard responded:
“I’d say there’s a big difference. I’m very happy at Arsenal and there is a very pleasant atmosphere in the dressing room. It all depends on the work you do, but it’s important to feel valued and see that the club is counting on you.”
“When you are at the top is not easy to make friends. At least it isn’t when you’re young and you come from another place. I was coming from a different locker room culture and it is not easy to integrate yourself and make friends at Real Madrid.””It was tough but it’s something that made me stronger and I’m happy that I got to experience it. That culture was different than the one I was used to.”
Odegaard also addressed rumors that he wanted to leave Real Madrid because he wasn’t given minutes as a starter. He said:
“Whoever knows something about football knows that it’s not like that. No matter the level you play at, nobody has the certainty of being a starter all the time, you have to earn the trust and deserve that role.”
Martin Odegaard off to a promising start at Arsenal
Martin Odegaard has bagged one goal and one assist for Arsenal this season
Arsenal decided to sign Martin Odegaard on a permanent transfer following his impressive loan stint at the club last season. The attacking midfielder is off to a promising start, playing a huge role in the Gunners’ improvement in recent games.
The Norwegian’s best performance so far this season came in the 1-0 victory over Burnley, during which he scored a beautiful free-kick to secure three points for his team.
Arsenal currently occupy 11th position in the Premier League table after recording three wins, one draw and one defeat in their last five games. Up next, they will take on Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on October 18.