Arsenal’s new recruit Martin Odegaard has signified his intent to win trophies in north London after his £30million move from Real Madrid was completed on Friday morning.
Odegaard, 22, spent the second half of last season with Mikel Arteta’s side contributing a total of four-goal contributions including that crucial equaliser in the north London derby against Spurs.
This move comes as somewhat of a surprise especially considering the feeling conveyed from the Norwegian International in his social media message after he vacated England the first time around at the end of the last campaign.
He wrote at the time: “Thank you so much for these six months.
“My time with the Arsenal family will always hold a special place in my heart.
“I wanna thank everyone in and around the club for the way you made me feel like a part of the family since the first day.
“Special thanks to the fans, even without you guys at the stadium for the majority of the season, I felt you with me at all times.
“A huge thank you to the boss and his staff for everything I’ve learned during my stay.
“Thank you also to all my teammates for such a great time on and off the pitch. Will miss you all. Thank you, Gunners family. Always in my heart.”
Well, the 22-year-old must have a special kind of fondness for Arsenal after agreeing on a return.
His exclusion from the Los Blancos squad for their La Liga opener against Alaves highlighted just why the attacking midfielder was so keen on leaving the club but this time permanently.
After his move was confirmed earlier today, the Norwegian star told Gunners fans what to expect this time round from himself, with the West Brom Carabao Cup game the earliest chance for him to make his second debut this time around.
“I feel like I’ve come here to settle down, stay for a while and achieve a lot of good things, Odegaard stated. “I’m really motivated to get this club back where it belongs. I really believe that we can achieve something great here.”
His new manager Arteta told the media in his press conference ahead of the London derby against Chelsea just why he was so keen to be reunited with the now ex-Real Madrid player.
He 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.
“He’s still a really young man but he has huge experiences in big clubs already and he has a unique talent for the way we want to play as well.
“So I am delighted the club has made an effort and we have now Martin in a permanent deal here.”
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football.london understands that Edu’s transfer window is not over yet even after Aaron Ramsdale is confirmed as the new back-up goalkeeper to Bernd Leno.
An additional two more incoming could be in the offing before the window slams shut on August 31.