Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard has been loaned to English club Arsenal until the end of the on-going season.

Odegaard, 22, revealed that a call with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta convinced him to move to the Emirates Stadium.

Odegaard’s arrival will provide a boost in creativity from midfield, something the north London side have lacked this season, and will ease the growing pressure on Emile Smith Rowe following his breakthrough.

Odegaard will wear the No 11 shirt for his new club with Arsenal paying a loan fee of around £2.5million to Real Madrid for his services.

“I spoke to him before coming here, of course,” Odegaard told “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.”

Odegaard is being dubbed as the replacement for Mesut Ozil, who has departed for Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce.


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