Arsenal hit the century! Gunners’ spending passes £100m as they confirm £30m Martin Odegaard returns from Real Madrid and takes No 8 shirt – but he CAN’T face Chelsea on Sunday
- Arsenal have announced the signed of Martin Odegaard for Real Madrid
- Norwegian playmaker arrived at the Emirates Stadium in a deal worth £30m
- 22-year-old impressed Mikel Arteta during loan spell during last season
- Talks with Real have been ongoing throughout summer and now deal is done
- Odegaard played just 11 first-team games for Real amid series of loan spells
- His purchase takes Arsenal’s spending this summer above the £100m mark
Arsenal have confirmed the £30million signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid after the Norwegian spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates Stadium.
Manager Mikel Arteta has been determined to bring in a playmaker and talks over signing Odegaard, 22, on a permanent basis have been ongoing throughout the summer.
He impressed in his 20 appearances for the Gunners from late January onwards, scoring twice and setting up two further goals. He has been handed the No 8 shirt at The Emirates.
Arsenal have announced the £30million signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid
The Norwegian playmaker spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates Stadium
Odegaard was absent from Real Madrid’s training session on Wednesday while the finer points of the deal were thrashed out and now Arsenal have confirmed the signing.
The Norway international of 30 appearances has not completed his move on time make his debut in the London derby against Chelsea on Sunday, however.
Instead, his second Gunners bow could come in the Carabao Cup against West Brom on Wednesday August 25.
Odegaard’s signing is Arsenal’s fourth of the summer following defender Ben White, left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.
It takes their spending to £102m as the Gunners aim to improve on last season’s eighth place finish in the Premier League, which saw them miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years.
Odegaard has been handed the No 8 shirt by Arsenal on his return to the Emirates
Mikel Arteta will be thrilled to sign Odegaard permanently having pursued him all summer
The highlight of Odegaard’s loan spell was scoring in the north London derby with Tottenham
Odegaard celebrates after opening the scoring against Arsenal’s bitter rivals back in March
Arsenal’s summer buys
Ben White (Brighton, £50m)
Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid, £30m)
Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht, £15.75m)
Nuno Tavares (Benfica, £7.2m)
The current campaign started in disappointing fashion with a 2-0 defeat at newly-promoted Brentford last Friday but Odegaard will hope to inspire an upturn in their fortunes.
It ends Arsenal’s interest in Leicester City’s James Maddison though the Foxes’ asking price of £60m was proving prohibitive.
They do, however remain linked to Lyon’s Houssem Aouar with the French club open to a sale to ease financial pressures.
Odegaard burst onto the scene in Norway back in April 2014, when aged just 15 years and 118 days he played for Stromgodset against Aalesunds. He was the youngest footballer ever to play in the Norwegian Tippeligaen.
By January 2015, Odegaard was on his way to Real Madrid in a deal worth 4 million euros, potentially rising to 8.5m euros depending on certain conditions.
Odegaard made his debut for the Real first team in May 2015, replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in a 7-3 win over Getafe to become the club’s youngest-ever debutant at 16 years and 157 days.
However, he was never afforded many first-team opportunities and played just 11 times for Real amidst four different loan spells.
Odegaard completed pre-season training with Real Madrid but will now move to London
He leaves the Bernabeu club having made just 11 first-team appearances amid four loan spells
Odegaard was sent out to Dutch club Heerenveen for two seasons, then Vitesse Arnhem, Real Sociedad and finally Arsenal.
The highlight of his loan last season was scoring in a 2-1 win over Tottenham in the north London derby in March. He also netted against Olympiacos in the UEFA Europa League.
His first senior international appearance came in August 2014 against the United Arab Emirates at the age of just 15 years and 253 days.
In March of this year, Odegaard was appointed Norway captain by new manager Stale Solbakken.
Still only 22, he has amassed 235 career appearances at club level, scoring 34 goals.
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