KEY POINTS

  • Odegaard bares there is a big difference between Real Madrid ans Arsenal in terms of locker room culture
  • The Norwegian struggled during time with Los Blancos
  • Odegaard savored lessons from former teammate Sergio Ramos

Martin Odegaard seems pretty content after joining Arsenal for good.

Odegaard signed a four-year deal with the Gunners, something that will last until 2025. There is also a club option where a fifth year could see the attacking midfielder staying at the Emirates Stadium further.

Considering the Norwegian footballer went through years of playing on loan, Odegaard can heave a sigh of relief.

But when asked to compare his stint with Real Madrid, the 22-year-old conceded that he struggled to adapt at Santiago Bernabéu.

“Of course there were many tough periods,” Odegaard said to TV2. “I experienced a lot with both the first team and the second team. I have been close to the best and biggest.”

However, Odegaard knows that there is a silver lining in all of that. The struggles made him stronger and helped him mature as a player.

“There were some tough periods, but also a lot of good that I have experienced. Being so close to the best in the world is special. I have learned a lot from it,” he explained.

Being a young player, it is understandable that Odegaard had to go through some rough patches.

Hence, it comes to no surprise he revealed that there was a huge difference as far as the dressing room culture between Los Blancos and the Gunners.

“I think it’s a bit like that in the biggest clubs. It gets a little more scattered and all that,” he bared. “I’m very happy where I am now, a very nice dressing room and a good bunch. It’s nice and easy to thrive.”

One person he praised, despite his struggles at Real Madrid, is Sergio Ramos, per Marca's report.

Odegaard hopes to do the best he can with Arsenal and help them win a silverware this season.

Martin Odegaard (right) struck in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Tottenham Martin Odegaard (right) struck in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Tottenham Photo: POOL / DAN MULLAN