Arsenal have Everton star Josh King to thank for Martin Odegaard transfer

Arsenal need to thank Everton forward Josh King for helping make their transfer for Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard happen.

The 22-year-old, on loan from Real Madrid, has gone from strength to strength over his 11 appearances for the Gunners.

Earning high praise from fans, the No.11 played a huge role in the north London side’s comeback against West Ham on Sunday for a 3-3 draw.

And King, who plays with Odegaard in the Norwegian national side, has revealed he played a big role in getting the midfielder to the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking to NRK, the 29-year-old said: “When I saw the rumour about Arsenal, I sent him a message and said: ‘You have to go to Arsenal’.

“He replied, ‘Are you sure? Are you sure?’ – I was so sure. Arsenal’s style of play and Martin… I have friends who have played for Arsenal, and I know a little how the club is.

“In my head, I think it suited him well.”

Odegaard’s loan from Spain lasts until the end of the season, having suffered a rough time under Zinedine Zidane.

And he has become an influential player in the squad, even grabbing goals against Tottenham and Olympiacos in the last four rounds.

It has also earned praise from the manager, Mikel Arteta saying: “Well, he’s showing that [he is a leader] I think from week one.

“The way he steps on the pitch, he always wants the ball, the way he commands the pressing. He’s been really influential.

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  • “I think we’ve all been a bit surprised because he looks really shy and humble, but when he steps on that pitch he’s a real character and he loves to play football.

    “I think he was very intelligent the way he read the game [vs West Ham], the way he affected the game and again he showed how much he wanted to win.

    “When everyone was a little trembling he gave us that stability and that composure on the ball and he created chance after chance.”

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