Arsenal have brought in the Norway international Martin Odegaard on loan from the La Liga giants Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old midfielder joins until the end of the current campaign, providing the club with some much-needed creativity following the departure of the German star Mesut Ozil.
Martin had requested to depart the Santiago Bernabeu in January due to a lack of senior team minutes so far this season. Odegaard has played only seven times in the Spanish top-flight and is yet to complete 90 minutes for Los Blancos since returning from last season’s loan stint at Real Sociedad.
Sociedad had been linked with a swoop to take Odegaard back in January but a return became unlikely once the Gunners entered the race to sign him.
The Norwegian ace has been handed the No.11 shirt by the north Londoners, having worn the No.21 shirt at Madrid this campaign.
He could be in contention to make his debut in Saturday’s high-profile PL match against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.
Mikel Arteta will have to decide whether to throw him straight into his starting XI for that fixture or start Odegaard on the substitutes’ bench, depending upon the player’s fitness level.
Following that match, the London-based heavyweights will take in a trip to Molineux to face Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves on Tuesday, February 2.
The playmaker is also eligible to be included in his new side’s Europa League squad, with a last-32 tie with SL Benfica on the horizon in February.