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Everton forward Joshua King has explained how his advice helped convince Martin Odegaard to join Arsenal in January.
The 22-year-old has run into the Gunners in recent weeks. After scoring a scorer against Olympiacos, in the derby he scored against Tottenham. Since then, Odegaard proved to be the point man as Arsenal fought 3-0 against to draw at West Ham.
That drew high praise from Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, who says the Norwegian is now showing off his class.
“I think he had an incredible performance,” Arteta said. “I think he was very smart in the way he read the game, in the way it affected the game. He again showed how much he wanted to win.
“When everyone was a little shaky, he gave us that stability and that composure with the ball. He created one opportunity after another.
“He’s been showing that, I think, since the first week. The way he steps on the field, he always wants the ball, the way he dominates the pressure. It has been very influential.
“I think he has surprised all of us a bit because he looks very shy and humble, but when he steps on that field he is a real character and he loves to play football.”
The midfielder’s display at the London stadium has also seen Liverpool mentioned as potential summer outfits. Both Echo of Liverpool and the Daily express have published articles on how the Reds have been urged to hijack any permanent move from Odegaard to Arsenal.
However, it appears that Arsenal are now in the driver’s seat. Even though their loan signing doesn’t contain a permanent option, that’s a deal they will surely be looking to prioritize this summer.
In fact, King has now explained why he always knew Odegaard would be a good fit for the Gunners. King, speaking to NRKHe says he told the Real Madrid man “not to think twice” once Arsenal’s interest became apparent.
When I saw the rumor about Arsenal, I texted him and said, “You have to go to Arsenal.”
He replied, “Are you sure?” Are you sure? “- I was so sure. The style of play of Arsenal and Martin… I have friends who have played for Arsenal, and I know a bit about the club. In my head, I think it suited him well.”
Doubts arise about King, future of Everton
King, meanwhile, looks destined for his time at Everton to come to a quick halt this summer with Carlo Ancelotti seemingly reluctant to extend his contract.
The 29-year-old moved to Merseyside from Bournemouth on the day of the deadline., choosing the Toffees over Fulham.
By signing a six-month initial loan, King has the opportunity to land a long-term deal if he impresses.
However, in eight outings for the Toffees so far, King has yet to rediscover how he saw him attacked by Manchester United.
The Norwegian attacker was initially hired as a front for Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. But after coming off the bench eight times, King still hasn’t gotten off to a start. He has yet to score for the Toffees and does not have an assist to his name.
Indeed, having scored just three FA Cup goals for Bournemouth this season prior to his move, King now he’s without a league goal since July.
As such, having failed to impress Ancelotti, King is likely to become a free agent again this summer. However, it seems unlikely that he is missing suits, with Fenerbahce strongly linked.
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