The minute Martin Odegaard returning to Arsenal permanently became a thing, we knew there would be plenty said about it in Spain.
The opportunity to take swipes at the Norwegian is too easy an opportunity to pass up, and plenty have taken the chance gladly.
We’ve already seen the player accused of being unambitious for making the move, a line that was continued yesterday when it was claimed he didn’t want to fight for a place at Real Madrid, so he took the easy route to Arsenal.
Today it’s the turn of AS journalist Alberto Munoz who goes in hard on both Arsenal and Odegaard in a scathing comment piece.
He states that Arsenal are now far from the team that ‘enamoured’ England and find themselves in the ‘midst of a depression and crisis’ instead.
It’s that which has led them to signing Odegaard, but the player will have to be aware that he is not joining a team at the top of the game.
Rather he is moving to a club which is ‘immersed in depression’ with a ‘dressing room crisis’ that has plagued them in recent years.
It’s a team who are out of Europe for the first time in 25 years and who have been supplanted by Leicester, a ‘lesser club’ domestically as well.
Even this season has not started well for the Gunners, who were beaten by Brentford on the opening day and lost four of their five pre-season games to boot.
Indeed, that is something Munoz wants to ram home, warning the player that he is about to feel what it’s like to be part of a ‘struggling club’ without the ‘safety net’ of returning to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
In other words, Martin Odegaard best get ready for a battle, because as far as they’re concerned in Spain, life is going to be very, very tough for him at Arsenal.