Keown: Odegaard arrival could result in Ceballos leaving Arsenal
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Arsenal legend Martin Keown thinks Dani Ceballos could leave the Emirates due to the signing of Martin Odegaard.
Odegaard after missing training to discuss the transfer.
He wants to leave Real Madrid this month in order to get regular first team football.
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Ceballos is also on loan at Arsenal from Real.
Keown thinks the arrival of Odegaard could leave Ceballos without a place in the first team.
Speaking to talkSPORT (via Metro), the former defender said: “I’m assuming Arsenal are all over it. He [Odegaard] brings that quality into the midfield. It’s an area Arsenal need to strengthen.
“Does that mean [Dani] Ceballos will go? He’s on loan as well. Is he going to get football? Real Madrid may be concerned, he hasn’t played that much so far.”
Ceballos has made 16 appearances this season in the Premier League, but he was left out of the squad against Newcastle.
Both Ceballos and Odegaard operate as creative midfielders who can link up defence and attack.
That will likely put them in direct competition for a place in the Arsenal first team.
Emile Smith-Rowe is another player in contention for that spot. He’s been in great form recently, bagging an impressive assist in the victory over Newcastle.
The 20-year-old has featured in the Gunners’ last five league matches. He’s shown plenty of potential in that time.
Odegaard, meanwhile, could finally live up to his high expectations at Arsenal. He joined Real in January 2015 after becoming the youngest player to appear in the Norwegian top flight.
He’s made seven La Liga appearances this term after suffering from multiple injuries.
The signing of Odegaard could leave Arteta with a midfield dilemma at the Emirates.
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