Arsenal news: Gunners eye Barcelona defender as Martin Odegaard reveals Real Madrid dream

Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Thursday, March 25.

Gunners eye Barca star

Arsenal are said to be in a transfer battle for Barcelona full-back Emerson.

CalcioMercato report the Gunners are interested but that they face competition from West Ham United ahead of the summer.

Emerson is currently in the second year of a two-year loan with Real Betis and he has already racked up as many as 63 La Liga appearances for the Andalusian side.

Barcelona actually signed Emerson in the asame year he joined Betis, and that’s because the clubs had a deal to pay half of the transfer fee each with both sides holding rights in his contract.

It’s understood Barcelona will have to pay half of his €12.7 million transfer fee for the defender to return this summer and Betis could make money if he was to be sold, even if he is an Barca player.

Arsenal and West Ham are both reportedly interested in the 22-year-old


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What happened in training

Arsenal are still putting in the hard yards at London Colney in the midst of the international break.

A number of players, including Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may all be on international duty, but the work continues without them.

The Gunners are still training without their international stars as they prepare for the final run-in when they will attempt to reach the top six and, of course, win the Europa League.

As ever, Arsenal have posted video clips from one of their latest sessions, and below we have rounded up three of the key things we noticed.

Martinelli stunner

Gabriel Martinelli reminded Mikel Arteta of his talent with a brilliant finish in training this week.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on March 05, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Martinelli has impressed again in training

From a tight angle, the Brazilian struck the ball across his body with his right boot, picking out the top left corner.

A stunning effort and perhaps a message to Arteta that the 19-year-old might be good enough to warrant more than just 10 appearances across all competitions so far this season.

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Odegaard reveals Real Madrid dream

Martin Odegaard says he still dreams of playing at Real Madrid despite talk of a permanent move to Arsenal.

The midfielder has quickly won over the hearts of Arsenal fans since his loan move during the January transfer window, filling the creative void in Mikel Arteta’s midfield.

Odegaard has played an instrumental part for the Gunners in recent weeks, and that has led to calls for Arsenal to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

That’s despite Real Madrid making it pretty clear when they sanctioned the loan that they expected their Norwegian starlet back at the Bernabeu ahead of next season.

And if that alone wasn’t enough to suggest the Gunners will miss out on the midfielder, then Odegaard’s latest comments on his desire to play for Real Madrid might force Arsenal fans to face the reality.

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“Yes, as I have said many times when you sign there, the goal is always to play there. It is of course a big dream,” Odegaard told TV2.

However, Odegaard did add: “But at the same time I am in a nice club and am very happy where I am now. So I am very happy with the situation as it is now.”

That suggests the midfielder will report back for duty at Real Madrid ahead of next season, as he did after his very successful loan spell with Real Sociedad last season.

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