Arsenal Signs Martin Odegaard From Real Madrid

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Norwegian international Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent deal.

Odegaard, 22, spent the second half of last season on loan with the Gunners after failing to break into the Real Madrid team under Zinedine Zidane, and now returns to the Emirates Stadium on a five-year deal.

The Norwegian, who will wear the number 8 shirt for Arsenal, will be hoping to connect the dots for the gunners in midfield this season.

 

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However, Odegaard will be unavailable for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with London rivals Chelsea on Sunday as he awaits visa clearance before he will be available for selection.

Odegaard  started his career in Norway with Stromsgodset, where he made his debut as a 15 year-old in April 2014, becoming the youngest-ever player to feature in Norway’s top division. He was signed by Real Madrid in January 2015 and subsequently became their youngest player in May 2015.

In the three seasons from 2017/18, Martin had loan spells with Heerenveen and Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands and then went back to Spain to play for Real Sociedad in 2019/20, where he helped the club reach the final of the Copa Del Rey.

The attacking midfielder has also made 30 appearances for Norway, making his debut in August 2014, becoming the youngest player to represent his country’s senior national team at the age of just 15 years and 253 days.

 

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