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OFFICIAL: Arsenal announce the signing of Martin Odegaard

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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season.

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

The 22-year-old playmaker joins until the end of the current season, providing the Gunners with some much-needed creativity following the departure of Mesut Ozil.

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.

The Gunners have confirmed their new loan signing will wear the No11 shirt for the remainder of the season.

That number has been vacated by Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is currently out on loan at Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

Speaking to the Arsenal website, the club’s technical director Edu said: “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.

“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.”

The arrival of Odegaard is set to see him provide competition to Emile Smith Rowe who has impressed in the No10 position of late.