The international break is upon us. Two weeks of crossing anything which can be crossed in hope that none of our players pick up injuries whilst away with their respective countries.
Those away are:
Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Martin Odegaard, Granit Xhaka, Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey, Mo Elneny, Cedric Soares, Kieran Tierney, Bernd Leno, Daniel Ballard, Karl Hein and Alex Runasson.
European teams have three fixtures during the break, the ACON, just two although for Aubameyang and Partey, it’s only one because of Covid travel restrictions. Good, I wish they were all playing just the one fixture.
I’ve been thinking about Martin Ødegaard. Just a few of weeks ago had anyone suggested Arsenal keeping him, I wouldn’t have been the first to shout yes. Yet now, it’d be a big fat yes. I’m sure many other fans as well as Edu and Mikel Arteta would love to see his loan deal made permanent.
I think he’s the best player Arsenal have brought in on loan since the turn of the century and there’s been a few, although not as many as I thought. Thanks to TransferMarket, here’s the players who have joined Arsenal since 2000.
2020/21 – Martin Ødegaard, Matty Ryan and Dani Ceballos
2019/20 – Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari
2018/19 – Denis Suarez
2013/14 – Kim Kallstrom
2011/12 – Yossi and Thierry Henry
2006/07 – Julio Baptista
2003/04 – Michal Papadopoulos
2001/02 – Junichi Inamoto
Of course the Henry loan was great because of the sentiment but as far as a player making a real impact on the team it has to be Ødegaard.
See you in the comments.