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Odegaard joins Arsenal on loan

Norway’s international Martin Odegaard was signed by Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid.

By the end of the season, the 22-year-old Norway international is entering into a short-term loan, filling the gap left by Mesut Ozil.

The 22-year-old playmaker joins the Gunners until the end of the current season, providing some much-needed creativity after Mesut Ozil’s departure.

Due to a lack of first-team minutes so far this season, Odegaard had requested to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in January. He’s only played in La Liga seven times and has yet to complete 90 minutes for Madrid since returning from last season’s Real Sociedad loan spell.

Odegaard, talking stated at the club’s official website: “I spoke to him before coming here, of course. That was very important for me and he seems like a top manager and I liked his ideas, the way he sees football and also the way he is. 

“He gave me a great feeling and that was important for me to come here. He was crucial.

“I think every time you go to a new place, you want to make sure that it feels good and that there is a plan. But I think everything here just seems good. 

“I like the club and I always liked the way that the club wants to play. Everything about the club and now how the manager wants to play, I think it’s a club that really suits me well. So I think it’s a good match.”

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