Arsenal sign Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid

Martin Odegaard Real Madrid Arsenal

Arsenal have signed Norway international Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid.

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

Sociedad had been linked with a move to take Odegaard back this month but a return became unlikely once Arsenal entered the race to sign him.

Mikel Arteta has been keen to bring in support and competition for Emile Smith Rowe, who has impressed since breaking into the first team. Though Arsenal are out of the FA Cup after their 1-0 defeat to Southampton, the Europa League returns in February so the Gunners will need to rotate their squad.

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