Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Monday, March 29.
Odegaard has won the hearts of Arsenal fans having impressed since joining on loan from Real Madrid during the January transfer window.
The Gunners are hoping to make his loan deal permanent this summer, but it’s going to take some doing with Real Madrid taking a firm stance on the midfielder’s future.
Thankfully, Arsenal have the help of Aubameyang, who says he will do his bit in trying to convince Odegaard.
“Definitely I will ask him,” he told the club’s Twitch channel.
Fekir deal unlikely
Arsenal will focus their attentions on keeping Martin Odegaard at the club beyond next season, with Nabil Fekir not expected to be arriving at Emirates Stadium.
As reported by football.london on Saturday, Odegaard has told those close to him that he would like to stay at Arsenal beyond the end of this season.
Fekir, who has been linked with Arsenal in previous seasons, almost joined Liverpool in the summer of 2019 but his history of knee injuries and agent demands ended up scuppering the deal.
Now plying his trade for Real Betis in Spain, the 27-year-old has recently switched agent and courted interest from clubs across Europe, although football.london has learned that the Gunners’ interest is ‘tentative’ and unlikely to be pursued this summer.
Sagna backs Bellerin exit
Former Arsenal star Bacary Sagna has tipped Hector Bellerin to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer after 10 years at the club.
The 26-year-old joined from Barcelona, a club he has been tipped to rejoin ahead of this summer with re-elected president Joan Laporta said to be a fan.
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And former right-back Sagna, who played for the Gunners between 2007 and 2014, believes Bellerin might just be on his way ahead of next season.
“Hector has been there for years,” Sagna told Goal. “He started playing not long after I left, so he has been in the team for like six years.
“And a bit like I felt, he probably feels that he wants to challenge himself because he has been there for a long time.
“It’s nothing to do with the club, nothing to do with winning cups or whatever. At some point if you want to progress, in my mind you need to go somewhere and challenge yourself and start from zero again. This is how I felt.
“Arsenal was my club and is still my beloved club, but after seven years I had the feeling that because I was part of the house, even when I didn’t deserve to play, I would have played.
“It’s quite tricky as a player. Hector’s still young, he still has five good years to play at the top level and he can do it. So, if he left now, I wouldn’t be surprised.”