Arsenal has completed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Martin Ødegaard on loan for the remainder of the season.
“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,” Arsenal technical director Edu said.
“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.”
Ødegaard would become the first Norwegian to play in the league for Arsenal since Pål Lydersen.
“I spoke to him before coming here. That was very important for me. 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,” said the midfielder after his announcement.
“In Norway, the Premier League is really big. We always watched all the games. It’s always been a dream to play in the Premier League & I always liked the way Arsenal played. So it’s a dream come true in many ways. Fabregas, for me, was one of my idols when I grew up.”
The midfielder becomes the second January signing following the signature of Mat Ryan from Brighton.