Martin Ødegaard is already finding himself under pressure at Arsenal following his move from Real Madrid in the summer.
That’s according to AS, who say the Norwegian midfielder is being ‘overshadowed’ by the performances of Arsenal’s other stars.
The newspaper explains that Mikel Arteta is ‘looking for ways’ to make Ødegaard ‘shine’, with reports in England accusing him of being ‘ineffective’ already.
They state that Arsenal are ‘still waiting’ for a solid performance from Ødegaard, having pushed hard to get him in the summer and do a deal that Mikel Arteta ‘dreamed of’.
However, the Norwegian is ‘yet to repay much of that trust’ on the pitch. Indeed, Ødegaard has lost his starting place over the last few weeks.
He’s been ‘overshadowed’ by the drive of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, with the latter’s ‘intensity’ being valued to the detriment of Ødegaard.
Accusations of ineffectiveness have already been thrown at him, and a tally of one goal and one assist in 554 minutes of play back that up. He’s been ‘inconsequential’, say the newspaper.
More is expected of the midfielder, and his €40m plus €10m in bonuses deal is one some are ‘already beginning to question’.
There’s still time to prove those feelings wrong and turn things around, and AS assure he ‘has the quality’ to do so, but it appears Arsenal are not exactly happy with their big summer signing so far.