Martin Odegaard reveals what Erling Haaland did after he told him to join Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard has revealed compatriot Erling Haaland laughed when he tried to persuade him to snub a move to Manchester City and join him at the Emirates Stadium.

Despite Odegaard’s efforts, Haaland eventually moved to the Etihad Stadium in a £51million deal from Borussia Dortmund.

The new Gunners skipper also revealed he speaks to Haaland every day, and has backed the 22-year-old to be key player for Manchester City this season.

Odegaard told FourFourTwo: “We speak every day, we have a group on Snapchat with some of the guys in the national team. He’s a great guy, great player.

“Unfortunately for us, he’ll be a great player for them and score some goals! I wish him all the best… except for when we play them.”

Speaking about trying to lure Haaland to the Etihad, Odegaard said: “Yeah, I tried!

“When Arsenal fans were posting pictures of him and me in the shirt, I sent it to him, you know? I was working but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough!

“He just laughed. He’s a funny guy.”