Blow for Arsenal as Odegaard taken off for Norway with apparent ankle injury

Martin Odegaard, Arsenal, Europa League away 2020-21

Martin Odegaard was taken off at half-time of Norway’s World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar on Wednesday after seemingly suffering an ankle injury.

TheArsenal midfielder appeared to turn his ankle in the first half and after receiving treatment on the pitch, he was withdrawn at half-time in an eventual 3-0 win for Norway.

Odegaard has been in good form for Arsenal since joining on loan from Real Madrid in January, and his absence would be a blow to the Gunners.

The 22-year-old found playing time hard to come by at Real Madrid in the first half of the season, but has become a vital part of Mikel Arteta’s plans in north London.

Odegaard has recordedtwo goals in 12 appearances with the Gunners, while starting each of the club’s last six Premier League games.

Speaking toVG about his time in England, Odegaard said:“I think it has been good, right from the start. I adapted to the way we played quite early.I lacked a little self-confidence and things like that, but I feel I have got better and better every day.”

Arsenal do not have a purchase optionin their loan agreement with Real Madrid, but they have agreed to sit down with the Spanish giants in the summer to discuss what could happen next with the22-year-old, whose future at Santiago Bernabeu is far from certain.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has never really trusted the Norway captain, who spent last season on loan at Real Sociedad before returning to the Spanish capital.

Arsenal will be hoping they can use that to their advantage in the summer when they start talks over Odegaard.

The Gunners will hope to haveOdegaard’s services for the last two months of the season, with the club currently sitting ninth in the Premier League.

Arteta’s side take on Liverpool on April 3 after the international break, before they face Slavia Prague five days later in the first leg of the club’s Europa League quarter-final tie.

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