© Offside via Getty Images Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta

Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta verified the club are close to signing Real Madrid attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan as he assessed his side’s 3-1 success over Southampton on Tuesday.

Goals from Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette helped the Gunners originate from behind and claim all 3 points at St Mary’s, where they lost 1-0 in the FA Cup simply three days earlier.

The outcome moved Arsenal above Southampton and into eighth place in the Premier League table, and Arteta suggested his side’s positive start to 2021 could quickly be enhanced even more by Odegaard’s arrival.

” I believe we are pretty close however it’s not settled as I comprehend it,” Arteta told press reporters, when asked about the 22-year-old Norwegian playmaker.

” I haven’t talked to [Arsenal technical director Edu] or the club in the last few hours but we’re extremely favorable that we’ll settle the deal.”

After a disappointing run of one victory in 10 league matches in between October and December, Arsenal are unbeaten in their previous 5 Premier League video games and have won 4 of them.

Arteta indicated that the upturn in kind has actually brought back belief to his team, saying: “Football games are constantly judged by the result and that affects the self-confidence.

” The minute that we began to win and confidence increased and we started to grow and understand each other much better, we got some players back and the spirit started to raise a little bit, things were far better to be fair.”

Southampton employer Ralph Hasenhuttl berated his side’s protecting after they surrendered to a 3rd defeat in six league games.

Hasenhuttl informed BT Sport: “It’s constantly discouraging when you yield objectives, but when it is that easy I believe it harms even more.

” The very first was a mistake in the build-up, but then still we had the chance to defend it and we didn’t do it, and after that the 2nd one was similar.

” It’s not the method we can defend, we can do it much better and we know this. After being down one at half-time it’s difficult to come back. We had opportunities to do it, but also the last quality was not excellent enough.

” We know we are a great side when we play a perfect game, but today we were away this.”

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