Talks over a new deal this summer unlikely for Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard

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Although Martin Odegaard and his Arsenal team-mates will be disappointed how the 2022/23 season eventually ended up, there were still a number of positives for the north Londoners.

For a start, the improvement in their general play was obvious to all and sundry and if football really is the beautiful game, that was certainly on show on many occasions at the Emirates Stadium.

Aside from their late season wobble, there were also a handful of performances that required real grit and determination for Mikel Arteta’s men to get over the line, not least the epic match against Bournemouth that required a 97th minute intervention from Reiss Nelson to earn the three points.

Even in times of abject disappointment, it’s important to find the positives in the situation and learn from those as much the pain that’s inevitably felt.

Odegaard has developed into quite the leader of men whilst at Arsenal, and the Norwegian absolutely leads by example.

In many respects, despite a relatively nomadic existence at Real Madrid, Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad, he’s now found a home in the red half of north London.

Arsenal is a club he’s likely to be at for some while too.

Although he’s unlikely to sign a new deal with the club this summer, journalist Fabrizio Romano notes that’s only because there’s no rush from either party to put pen to paper.

Both are more than happy with how things are going and a new deal will be concluded later in the year.

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