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OFFICIAL: Arsenal sign Martin Odegaard

Arsenal have officially confirmed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal. The 22-year-old has been linked with a return to North London following a positive spell on loan at the end of last season.

Sky Sports and others had reported that Odegaard was the clubs No.1 target this summer, despite links with Leicester City midfielder James Maddison.

Arsenal have now confirmed the transfer in a statement on the club’s official website:

Martin Odegaard has joined us in a permanent transfer from Real Madrid.

The Norwegian international re-joins after spending the second half of last season on loan with us, during which time he made 20 appearances, notably scoring in our Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium in March.

The 22 year-old 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 spent loan spells with Heerenveen and Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands and then back in Spain with 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.

Martin will wear our number 8 shirt.

Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Martin back to the club.

The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes and visa requirements. Martin will not be available for Sunday’s match with Chelsea, and we await visa clearance before he will be available for selection.

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