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    Arsenal Complete Signing of Real Madrid Midfielder Odegaard

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

    The Norwegian midfielder was not an integral part of Madrid's first-team squad having only made nine appearances so far this season.

    Odegaard, 22, spent the 2019/20 campaign out on loan at Real Sociedad, who were also keen on taking him back this month.

    But Arsenal technical director Edu convinced Odegaard's father Hans and agent Bjorn-Tore Kvarme that a switch to the Emirates is an ideal opportunity for the youngster.

    The Gunners have agreed to pay a loan fee of £1.8million to Madrid for Odegaard's services, as well as a salary worth £38,000 per week.

    Odegaard hit the headlines when he first signed for Madrid back in 2015 as a highly-rated 17-year-old.

    Since then he has taken in several loan spells, as well as a stint in Real Madrid's 'B' team, and will now look to gain further experience under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

    Arteta moved for Odegaard to help offset the departure of ex-Madrid star Mesut Ozil, who left the club this month to join Fenerbahce.

    Arsenal already have Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos in their ranks, and the Spaniard had encouraged Odegaard to seek regular action amid his struggles to force his way into the starting XI at the Bernabeu.

    "I can tell you about what happened to me at Madrid," Ceballos told EFE earlier this week.

    "I don’t know exactly what happens about Martin, but it is obvious that any player who wants to succeed at Madrid is going to grab the opportunity he has.

    "I don’t know what Martin’s thoughts are but I know mine and I think that when you are young and you have goals and objectives, what you need is to play regularly and if you don’t, it’s like something is missing."

    Odegaard will not be forced to quarantine following his arrival from Spain and will join up with Arteta's squad immediately.

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