20th August, 2021
Arsenal have announced the arrival of Martin Odegaard on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid.
He will wear number eight shirt.
The Club however dashed fan hopes when it said the midfielder will not be available for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.
“The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes and visa requirements.
“We await visa clearance before he will be available for selection”, the club said Friday.
The Norwegian international re-joined the London club after spending the second half of last season on loan.
He made 20 appearances, notably scoring in the 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.
He then returned to 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.