Arsenal: Fans protest against owner Kroenke
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Arsenal are set to miss out on signing Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal following their withdrawal from the European Super League, according to reports. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is said to be ‘furious’ at the six English clubs who have pulled out of the breakaway league.
Odegaard joined Arsenal on loan in January on a deal until the end of the season.
The Norway international has impressed Mikel Arteta and the Gunners manager is keen to sign the attacking midfielder on a longer-term deal.
Odegaard seeked an exit away from Real in January due to a lack of game time under Zinedine Zidane.
He has spoken glowingly about Arsenal and Arteta since his arrival.
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But it now looks unlikely Odegaard will remain in north London next season.
The Sun claim Real chief Perez is not keen to help out any of the Premier League clubs who have turned their back on the Super League.
The Super League was the brainchild of Perez and The Sun say the Spaniard’s anger could get in the way of Arsenal’s attempts to pursue a deal for Odegaard.
Speaking this week, Perez insisted plans for a Super League are not over yet.
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Perez told Spanish radio show El Larguero: “If anyone thinks the Super League is dead, are they wrong? Absolutely.
“We’re going to keep working and what everyone thinks is for the best will emerge.
“The project is on standby. The Super League still exists.”
Arsenal supporters gathered in their thousands to protest against owner Stan Kroenke ahead of Friday’s 1-0 loss at home to Everton.
Many fans feel the initial decision to join the Super League is the final straw from the much-maligned Kroenke.
Speaking to a fans forum this week, Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham apologised for the club’s role in the hottest topic in football right now.
“Those who know me know I care about this club, it was really tough, we have to repair, we made mistakes,” Venkatesham said.
“Arsenal were not the authors of this proposal, despite what many think.
“On this project ‘the train was leaving the station’, we made the decision to join. We made a bad decision, a terrible one.
“We made a terrible decision, now we need to make good ones. I have been in touch with all other 14 PL clubs to apologise for our part in this. We are working hard to rebuild our reputation.”
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