Arsenal confirm loan signing of ‘exceptional talent’ Odegaard

Joe Williams
Martin Odegaard Arsenal

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of  Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan until the end of the season.

He made his debut in the Norwegian first division at just 16 and was soon snapped up by Real Madrid, where he became their youngest ever player.

The Norway international has subsequently made numerous loan moves as he attempts to feature regularly in the Real first team.

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Odegaard has spent time at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad, with Arsenal now the latest in a series of temporary moves.

On the announcement of Odegaard’s arrival, Arsenal technical director Edu told the club’s official site: “We are delighted to welcome Martin to the club until the end of the season. I would like to thank everyone at Real Madrid and Martin’s representatives for their collaboration in making this loan move happen.

“Martin is an exceptional talent and we are strengthening our squad by introducing an exciting offensive player to the club for the remaining months of this season.”

Reacting to the news, manager Mikel Arteta added: “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while.

“Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”