MARTIN ODEGAARD has a 'long road' ahead of him before breaking into Arsenal's team, according to Sol Campbell.
The Gunners legend reckons the Norwegian will have to gradually prove himself to Mikel Arteta in order to earn game time.
Norway international Odegaard, 22, has signed on loan from Real Madrid for the rest of the season.
He was upset over a lack of minutes at the Bernabeu this campaign.
And the midfielder made it clear to boss Zinedine Zidane he wanted to go elsewhere for first-team action.
But Invincibles star Campbell, 45, does not think that is guaranteed with the North Londoners either – despite Odegaard coming off the bench to make his debut in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
He told Stadium Astro: "It’s always nice to have young players coming in.
“It’s obviously not completely worked for him at Real Madrid. Going forward, if he gets more minutes on the pitch, then he will show his quality.
“You can see he’s got quality, the way he moves and his touch on the ball, he has just got to get into it, get fit and force his way in.
“It’s all about impact. He came off the bench, then you start to train and you start moving and pushing who you are.
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"Hopefully your manager sees that and then you can get some more minutes on the pitch. After a while you start.
“It’s a long road for him but hopefully the next time he comes on he can make an impact and start pushing Arsenal up the league."
The North Londoners lack a classic No 10 following Mesut Ozil’s free transfer to Fenerbahce, and Odegaard can also play on the right wing.
Emile Smith Rowe has impressed in attacking midfield recently but Arteta's side have struggled for goals at times this season.
And Campbell is looking to Odegaard to add an attacking spark when given the chance.
He said: "We need players who are going to change something on the pitch. At the same time he is going to learn.
"If you are a good player, training every day, there are a lot games.
"Anything can change in a second. There are plenty of games for him to impress. It’s all up to him.
“When he goes on the pitch it is all about proving who he is and staking a claim.
"As long as you have that attitude as a young player then you will go far. He’s got talent.”
There was mixed reaction to the signing in Arsenal circles.
But one man who is not impressed with Odegaard’s behaviour is Real legend Jorge Valdano.
Rather than look for a loan move, Valdano believes Odegaard should have instead worked on his mentality to succeed in the Spanish capital.
Valdano told El Transistor: “The quality that Odegaarded possesses is necessary for this Real Madrid team.
“I don’t think Odegaard has played badly. Perhaps he was a bit conservative when the ball came to him, maybe he lacked some more daring actions.
“But he also lacked patience to continue at Real. Ultimately, he competes with two stars like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
“I am more concerned about his mentality. It is not worthy of a Real player to leave your place, not have that patience.
“It’s not just any player ahead of him. I am surprised he would leave the club and leave his spot open for others.”
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