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Martin Odegaard - Arsenal sign Real Madrid attacking midfielder on loan

  • Arsenal sign Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard on loan
  • 22-year-old attacking midfielder was out of favour under Zinedine Zidane
  • Odegaard became the youngest player to play for Norway at 15 years and 253 days old
  • He is the youngest player to feature for Real Madrid
  • Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said Odegaard: "Will provide us with quality offensive options"
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Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard has moved to Arsenal on loan (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 27 Jan 2021
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Arsenal have signed Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard on loan until the end of the season. 

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has struggled to feature for Real under manager Zinedine Zidane.

Odegaard became the youngest ever player to play for Norway at senior level, at 15 years and 253 days on 27th August 2014. He is also the youngest player to feature for Real Madrid after coming on as a substitute at 16 years and 157 days old.

Real Madrid paid Strømsgodset €2.8m for the young Norwegian in January 2015. He was then loaned out to Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad. 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said of Odegaard: "Martin is of course a player we all know very well. Although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while and will provide us with quality offensive options" 

The Norway international could feature against Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.  

Arsenal technical director Edu said the club had brought in an "exceptional talent".

Odegaard arrives at Emirates Stadium after the departure of Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce.
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    Sixteen-year-old Norwegian midfielder Martin Oedegaard (L) poses with Real Madrid Director of Institutional Relations Emilio Butragueno during his official presentation at the Valdebebas Ciudad Real Madrid in Madrid on January 22, 2015. A complete unknown only a year ago, Norwegian prodigy Martin Odeegaard +

    Sixteen-year-old Norwegian midfielder Martin Oedegaard (L) poses with Real Madrid Director of Institutional Relations Emilio Butragueno during his official presentation at the Valdebebas Ciudad Real Madrid in Madrid on January 22, 2015. A complete unknown only a year ago, Norwegian prodigy Martin Odeegaard

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 08:  Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid Castilla takes on two Athletic Club B players during the Segunda Division B match between Real Madrid Castilla and Athletic Club B at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on February 8, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) +

    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 08: Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid Castilla takes on two Athletic Club B players during the Segunda Division B match between Real Madrid Castilla and Athletic Club B at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on February 8, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21:  Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid Castilla celebrates after scoring his team +

    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21: Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid Castilla celebrates after scoring his team

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    Norwegian Martin Odegaard poses during his  press presentation as SC Heerenveen +

    Norwegian Martin Odegaard poses during his press presentation as SC Heerenveen

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    Norwegian Martin Odegaard holds a ball during his press presentation as SC Heerenveen +

    Norwegian Martin Odegaard holds a ball during his press presentation as SC Heerenveen

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    SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Martin Odegaard of Real Sociedad celebrates after scoring goal during the Liga match between Real Sociedad and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Reale Arena on September 14, 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images) +

    SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Martin Odegaard of Real Sociedad celebrates after scoring goal during the Liga match between Real Sociedad and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Reale Arena on September 14, 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 23: Martin Odegaard of Vitesse battles for the ball with David Neres of Ajax during the Eredivisie match between Ajax and Vitesse at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 23, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) +

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 23: Martin Odegaard of Vitesse battles for the ball with David Neres of Ajax during the Eredivisie match between Ajax and Vitesse at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 23, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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Sixteen-year-old Norwegian midfielder Martin Oedegaard (L) poses with Real Madrid Director of Institutional Relations Emilio Butragueno during his official presentation at the Valdebebas Ciudad Real Madrid in Madrid on January 22, 2015. A complete unknown only a year ago, Norwegian prodigy Martin Odeegaard

Sixteen-year-old Norwegian midfielder Martin Oedegaard (L) poses with Real Madrid Director of Institutional Relations Emilio Butragueno during his official presentation at the Valdebebas Ciudad Real Madrid in Madrid on January 22, 2015. A complete unknown only a year ago, Norwegian prodigy Martin Odeegaard

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MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 08:  Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid Castilla takes on two Athletic Club B players during the Segunda Division B match between Real Madrid Castilla and Athletic Club B at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on February 8, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 08: Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid Castilla takes on two Athletic Club B players during the Segunda Division B match between Real Madrid Castilla and Athletic Club B at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on February 8, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21:  Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid Castilla celebrates after scoring his team

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21: Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid Castilla celebrates after scoring his team

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Norwegian Martin Odegaard poses during his  press presentation as SC Heerenveen

Norwegian Martin Odegaard poses during his press presentation as SC Heerenveen

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Norwegian Martin Odegaard holds a ball during his press presentation as SC Heerenveen

Norwegian Martin Odegaard holds a ball during his press presentation as SC Heerenveen

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SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Martin Odegaard of Real Sociedad celebrates after scoring goal during the Liga match between Real Sociedad and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Reale Arena on September 14, 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Martin Odegaard of Real Sociedad celebrates after scoring goal during the Liga match between Real Sociedad and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Reale Arena on September 14, 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 23: Martin Odegaard of Vitesse battles for the ball with David Neres of Ajax during the Eredivisie match between Ajax and Vitesse at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 23, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 23: Martin Odegaard of Vitesse battles for the ball with David Neres of Ajax during the Eredivisie match between Ajax and Vitesse at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 23, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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