Arteta apologises to Arsenal fans after defeat at Brentford
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Arsenal and Real Madrid reportedly remain a distance apart in their valuations of Martin Odegaard as Gunners boss Mikel Arteta rushes to improve his squad after a dismal start to the Premier League campaign.
Odegaard impressed in a half-season loan at Arsenal last term but returned to Real over the summer.
He scored just twice in 20 appearances but his presence appeared to improve Arteta’s side in the final third.
He has remained a top target for Arteta and sporting director Edu. However, a move earlier in the transfer window proved difficult as new Los Blancos head coach Carlo Ancelotti wanted to get a glimpse of the Norwegian playmaker.
It now appears that Odegaard is available for a transfer if an appropriate bid is made however.
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But it is believed that both clubs are quite far away from a deal that would see Arsenal permanently take Odegaard to the Emirates.
Spanish outlet ABC claim that Real want £42m for the midfielder but Arsenal are only willing to offer £25m.
The La Liga giants might be willing to compromise as they need to reduce their wage bill to allow Ancelotti to make new signings, although they would want a buy-back clause in a deal.
Arteta has only made three additions to his squad this summer, despite admitting that sweeping changes would be needed.
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Ben White has arrived from Brighton in a huge £50m deal, while midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and left-back Nuno Tavares have also been signed for a combined £23m.
A 2-0 defeat to Brentford on the opening day of the season was evidence that vast work needed to be done before the end of the transfer window.
The Gunners appeared toothless in attack with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. Both were absent through illness.
Their long-term futures also remain unclear.
“I’m disappointed. It’s not the way we wanted to start the season,” Arteta told Sky Sports after the defeat to Brentford.
“We didn’t start well, conceding a goal in an isolated incident. We didn’t cope well with the second balls or long balls.
“And that’s all they needed to create problems for us. Then we conceded from a long throw.
“The biggest worry was our threat in front goal. The amount of times we got around the box and got in great situations but it wasn’t enough threat or shots on target.
“If you don’t do that in the Premier League then you won’t win. I don’t want excuses – we missed players but I don’t like to hide.
“We were not good enough to beat them. We did not do the basics.
“We have started in a disappointing way but we will review and speak with cool heads and try to put it right as soon as possible.”
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