Martin Ǿdegaard’s potential return to Arsenal has been blocked by Real Madrid.
The Norwegian captain spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates, and Mikel Arteta has admitted that he would like to sigh the midfielder again, wither on another loan deal or, preferably permanently.
The appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as Real manager complicated the picture, because it was not clear of Ǿdegaard figured in his plans for the current season or not.
Now though it looks like the midfielder is going nowhere, because Toni Kroos has picked-up a knee injury, the extent of which is not yet known.
With the former German international potentially set to miss weeks of the system, Real are not prepared to sanction Ǿdegaard’s departure on any terms, which means that the Gunners will need to turn their attention elsewhere to find the creative playmaker that the side needs ahead of the new campaign.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.