Arsenal must be wary of history repeating itself after Martin Odegaard transfer

Arsenal have completed the signing of Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid for the remainder of the season, with the Gunners forking out a £1.8m loan fee and covering the midfielder's wages.

The Norwegian international has been brought in to compete with Emile Smith Rowe for the No. 10 role after Mesut Ozil left the club to join Fenerbahce.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes Odegaard could 'make a difference' at the Emirates but he is concerned that the 22-year-old could end up being "an embarrassment" like the last playmaker Arsenal brought in on loan from La Liga.

Denis Suarez joined the Gunners in January 2019 on loan from Barcelona, having previously played under then boss Unai Emery at Sevilla.

However, the Spaniard struggled with injuries and played just 95 minutes for the Gunners before returning to the Nou Camp.

Speaking to Stadium Astro, Smith said: "He [Odegaard] had his problems developing at Real Madrid and the last thing Arsenal want is to get somebody in who can't offer anything.

"You think back to Denis Suarez who came to the club and physically he just wasn't ready and then he picked up injuries. It was a bit of an embarrassment in the end, so hopefully they will do their homework on Odegaard.

"He's a young player that went to Real Madrid, and so much is expected of him, and as so often happens it doesn't quite materialise like that.

"They [Arsenal] have been looking for more creativity. Smith Rowe has provided that. They were linked to Christian Eriksen as well the other day.

"So it's that kind of player that can make the difference against a deep-lying defence that's defending in numbers. I wouldn't expect him to start many games, somebody that would just dip in and out perhaps.

"Arsenal have almost got one hand tied behind their back because financially they can't throw money at it so they've got to be fairly creative in getting these loans in. Ceballos has been brought in from Real Madrid and they've got that relationship.

"Ceballos has done well during his time at the Emirates I think so hopefully Odegaard could come and he's got a point to prove and he could add something to what they've got."

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