Arsenal loaned Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid
Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard has joined Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the season.
Odegaard, 22, had struggled to find first-team opportunities at the Bernabeu and had to leave during the current transfer window.
After impressing on loan at Real Sociedad last season, it was initially planned that the Norway international would return for another stint.
But instead, Arsenal decided to take Odegaard to the Emirates Stadium.
“It’s great that we’ve made sure Martin comes through until the end of the season,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said.
“Martin is of course a player we all know very well and although still young he has been playing at the highest level for some time.
“Martin will provide us with some quality offensive options and we are all delighted to be making it part of our plans by May.”
The Gunners had stressed the need to bring in a player who can fill a number of attacking midfielder roles and Odegaard is following Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan in joining the club until the end of the current campaign.
Odegaard will join fellow Real Madrid player Dani Ceballos in north London, but Arsenal have no option to buy either player this summer.
Although Odegaard is not injured, it would be a surprise to see him make his debut against Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday given his lack of first-team football in Madrid in recent weeks.