Mikel Arteta is finally beginning to see the fruits of his labours as Arsenal manager, especially with his dealings in the transfer market.
This summer, the Spaniard signed Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner, and Marquinhos as he not only plays for short-term success but the longer-term future of the club.
This could be the start of something wonderful at the Emirates, and it was a decision that Arteta made last summer that may have been the catalyst behind the side’s form…
Due to the club’s financial situation, however, it looked likely that the manager would have to sell in order to raise funds to purchase the Norwegian.
Going by the evidence, Arteta looks to have played a blinder on the player who was once dubbed “limitless” by journalist Simon Collings.
Last season, Odegaard had 11 goal contributions (seven goals and four assists) while Willock only scored twice, somewhat proving that Arsenal made the correct choice selling the Englishman to raise funds for the Madrid man.
Although it may not have sounded like it at the time, the two corresponding transfers have allowed Arteta to build his team around Odegaard and this has been key to their impressive start this season.
Long may it continue for the club and Arteta will be happy that he made the decision to sell Willock in order to bring someone more talented to Arsenal.