By Ekene Dike
Arsenal have completed the signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid as he will be at the North London club on loan for the rest of the season. The Norwegian attacking midfielder will wear the Number 11 shirt which was worn by Mesut Ozil when he signed for Arsenal in September, 2013.
In a bid to solve Arsenal’s creativity headaches and fill the vacuum which Mesut Ozil has left, Mikel Arteta has added Martin Odegaard to the squad as an antidote. Odegaard has struggled to make first team appearances in Real Madrid, having just managed nine appearances so far this season. This is a chance for him to prove his worth.
Before signing for Arsenal, Leicester were interested in him. Be that as it may, Odegaard’s decision to join Arsenal was triggered by a chat with Mikel Arteta
“I spoke to him (Arteta) before coming here, of course,” Odegaard told Arsenal’s website. “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.”
Arteta said: “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.”
The 22-year-old is expected to make his debut against Manchester United at the Emirates in Arsenal’s next Premier League fixture on Saturday.
He amassed seven goals and nine assists across 36 appearances while on loan at Real Sociedad last season, and the whole world will be expecting him to showcase his immense talent in the Premier League after he drew comparisons with Lionel Messi while he was a teenager.