Official: Odegaard, to Arsenal

He arrives on loan from Madrid for the remainder of the season. The operation was closed on Monday, but they waited for the team to play to make it official.


Martin Odegaard is already a new Arsenal player until the end of the season after the London club made the loan official until June 30. The Gunners, who will not have any purchase option on the Norwegian, as happens, for example, with Dani Ceballos, thus manage to shore up a midfield that Arteta has been asking for months to strengthen. Özil's departure for Fenerbahçe has facilitated the operation by easing the salary bill for the London team. Thus, the one from Drammen will wear the '11' on the back, a number that Mesut also wore in his day.

Odegaard, as reported by AS, landed in London last Sunday. On Monday he passed a medical examination, signed his new contract and took the official photos. It also gave him time to see the facilities of his new club. However, the Londoners had an important game on Tuesday against Southampton (who won 1-3) and preferred to wait until this Wednesday to make the agreement final.

Grateful to Real Madrid

The statements of the protagonists have not been long in coming, as is usual in these cases, and both Edu and Arteta have been part of the presentation. "It has been great to get Martin to come with us until the end of the season. He is a player we all know very well. He is young and has been playing in the elite for a long time. Martin is going to give us more quality at the offensive level. We really want to that can enter our plans from now until May ", says the Basque technician.

While the sports director thanked Real Madrid for their collaboration. "We are delighted to have Martin at the club until the end of the season. I want to thank Real Madrid and Martin's representatives for their collaboration in making this move happen. Martin is an exceptional talent and with him we strengthen our team with a Exciting offensive player for the remaining months of the season. " A Real Madrid that also made the movement official through its official media.

Beyond the dispatches, and the consequences that it could have for Real Madrid to further reduce the list of available midfielders, the news is a bomb for Arsenal that is experiencing a rebirth during this last month. The good results, the appearance of new talents such as Smith Rowe and the return of Thomas, are now joined by the arrival of a player who can provide the vision and dynamism that they currently lack.

"The fact that we have let out some players during this winter market has left us a bit short in some positions, so, if we can do something, we will do it, and if we do not go ahead with what we have," he said in press conference his new coach, Mikel Arteta, who preferred to remain "prudent" in the face of the first reports that spoke of a transfer that had already been closed.

Odegaard's motives for Arsenal are exactly the same as those that forced Ceballos to head north from London a year and a half ago. The lack of minutes and dissatisfaction with the lack of confidence shown by Zidane have made the Norwegian not want to avoid seeing his progression cut short after becoming one of the sensations of La Liga last season with Real Sociedad. At Arsenal, a priori, he should start practically from the first moment, because if Thomas is capable of giving the team a quality leap with his physical presence, Odegaard can certainly do it with his talent.On the other hand, until now a Real Madrid player, who has not lost confidence in the offices of the Santiago Bernabéu, comes at a bittersweet moment for the Gunners, because, despite the victory against Southampton (1- 3) on Tuesday, right now they are in eighth position in the Premier League, with 30 points, five of the places that give access to the Champions League.

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