Arsenal head-coach Mikel Arteta has hailed the arrival of Martin Odegaard from La Liga giants, Real Madrid, claiming that the Norwegian midfielder “made them better” last season.
The North London giants confirmed the arrival of the 22-year-old on a permanent basis on Friday morning, with the Los Blancos reportedly pocketing €35m (£29.6m) from his sale.
Odegaard is believed to slot straight into the No.10 role, and Arteta has talked up the 22-year-old midfielder’s qualities following his return to North London.
Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match with the Blues, Arteta said: “Well a lot of things that he brought last season. He made us better.
“We needed more options, more alternatives, creativity and players that can be models in this football club. I am delighted the club has made an effort and we have Martin here.”
Odegaard will wear the number eight jersey at the Emirates Stadium, however, will not be available to face Chelsea following to visa issues
Arsenal have finalised the transfer of another star Aaron Ramshdale who has joined the Gunners from Championship club Sheffield United.