Liverpool link emerges, but Everton man told teammate ‘to join Arsenal’
Everton forward Joshua King has opened up about how his advice helped convince Martin Odegaard to sign for Arsenal in January.
The 22-year-old has found his marks with the Gunners in recent weeks. After scoring a scorcher against Olympiacos, he was then on target against Tottenham in the derby. Since, Odegaard turned out to be Arsenal’s key man fought 3-0 to draw West Ham.
It has garnered huge praise from Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, who says the Norwegian is now showing off his class.
“I think he had an amazing performance,” Arteta said. “I think he was very smart in the way he read the game, the way he affected the game. Again, he showed how much he wanted to win.
“When everyone was shaking a bit, he gave us that stability and composure on the ball. He created chance after chance.
“He’s been showing it, I think, since the first week. The way he walks on the pitch, he always wants the ball, the way he controls the pressing. He was very influential.
“I think we were all a little surprised because he looks really shy and humble, but when he walks on this pitch he’s a real character and he loves to play football.”
The midfielder’s display at the London Stadium also saw Liverpool mentioned as possible summer contenders. The two Echo of Liverpool and the Daily Express explained how the Reds were asked to hijack any permanent transfer from Odegaard to Arsenal.
However, it looks like Arsenal are now in charge. While her loan signature doesn’t contain a permanent option, it’s one deal they’ll surely be looking to prioritize this summer.
Indeed, King has now explained why he always knew Odegaard would be suitable for the Gunners. King, talking to NRK, says he told the Real Madrid man “not to think twice” once Arsenal’s interest became evident.
“When I saw the Arsenal rumor, I texted him and said: ‘You have to go to Arsenal’.
“He replied, ‘Are you sure? Are you sure? “- I was so sure. The style of play of Arsenal and Martin… I have friends who have played for Arsenal, and I know a little bit how the club is. In my head, I thinks it suited him.
Doubts emerge over King and Everton’s future
King, meanwhile, appears destined to see his time at Everton come to an end soon this summer, with Carlo Ancelotti appearing unwilling to extend his contract.
The 29-year-old moved to Merseyside from Bournemouth on deadline day, choosing the Toffees over Fulham.
By signing an initial six-month loan, King has the opportunity to strike a long-term deal if he impresses.
However, in eight outings for the Toffees so far, King has yet to regain the form that saw him targeted by Manchester United.
The Norwegian forward was initially signed as cover for Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. But after coming off the bench eight times, King has yet to pull it off. He has yet to score for the Toffees and has no assist under his belt.
Indeed, having scored just three FA Cup goals for Bournemouth this season before his move, King has been scoreless in the league since July.
As such, having failed to impress Ancelotti, King is set to become a free agent again this summer. However, it seems unlikely that it lacks suitors, with strongly linked Fenerbahce.