Arsenal great, Ian Wright has questioned whether on-loan Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard is ready for the Premier League.
The Norwegian has not gotten as much game time as he hoped at Real, and has now signed for the north Londoners on loan.
He previously showed class during a loan spell at Real Sociedad.
Odegaard, 22, is a creative midfielder who can play in multiple positions.
Wright said on his Wrighty’s House podcast: “With Odegaard, he’s the player we need. We need that guy to back up Emile Smith Rowe.
“I’m hoping it doesn’t make Emile feel like, ‘oh no, I’m just getting my motor revved up and this is happening’.
“You have to always think the club is getting ready to replace you. I played every week thinking Arsenal are going to bring someone else in, you have to play like that because it will drive you on in training.
“You have to say with his journey at Real Madrid and the loan spells, if he can come across and start to play to his potential in the Premier League, then Real Madrid have really hit the jackpot with the move to Arsenal.
“All of a sudden all of that promise becomes a £40m player, bang. For Arsenal, they want that creativity from Odegaard, Smith Rowe and Saka.
“I think it’s a magnificent coup, it’s exactly what we need. I’m looking at Kai Havertz, you see [Mesut] Ozil is moving on, he [Odegaard] seems to have the same physique as those guys.
“What I’ve seen of him, he’s left-foot looks really good. The only question is: is he ready for us, is he ready for the Premier League?”