Arsenal: Odegaard joins until end of season
Martin Odegaard was officially unveiled as an Arsenal player on Wednesday morning as Mikel Arteta boosted his squad. The Real Madrid man joins on loan until the end of the season – and he could have a big impact on four of his new team-mates.
Something of a prodigy, the Nord was snapped up at the age of 16 by Los Blancos as they fended off serious competition for the highly rated youngster.
One appearance in his first season, though, was followed by one more in his next two as Real Madrid opted to loan the attack-minded midfielder out to Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad.
Despite having found his feet a little more, Odegaard has still been unable to crack Real’s midfield with both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric preferred by Zinedine Zidane.
Arsenal have taken advantage of this and snapped up the youngster on loan.
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With a low centre of gravity, quick feet and an eye for a pass, Odegaard is a player who likes to create. And given Mesut Ozil’s recent exit and Arsenal’s struggle for goals, this is a much needed boost.
And his arrival will likely benefit the forwards in the Gunners squad. Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have failed to find the back of the net on several occasions this term but now have an extra player who will help create chances.
Gabriel Martinelli is another who will thrive from the Nord’s arrival. As well as Bukayo Saka.
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The 19-year-old shares many of the same talents as Odegaard and the prospect of those two linking up will be mouthwatering for Arsenal fans. It also takes the load off young Emile Smith Rowe who has been relied upon in recent weeks.
And given former Arsenal ace Cesc Fabregas is one of his rivals, Odegaard will no doubt be aiming to replicate the Spaniard’s success.
“In Norway, the Premier League is really big,” Odegaard told Arsenal.com after signing. “Since I was a little kid there, we always watched all the games, me and my friends.
“I think it’s the biggest league, especially in Norway, so for me it’s always been a dream to play in the Premier League and I always liked the way Arsenal played and everything about the club. So it’s a dream come true in many ways.
“There were a lot [of Arsenal players I admired]. But I think Fabregas, for me, was one of my idols when I grew up. So especially him.
“The way he controls the game, the way he dictated the game, his ability to give assists and also score goals. Everything about his game. I tried to learn as much as possible when I grew up watching him. He was the top player.”
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