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Report: Martin Odegaard heading to Arsenal on loan

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Report: Martin Odegaard heading to Arsenal on loan

Arsenal is where Martin Odegaard will be plying his trade for the remainder of the season, according to Spanish outlet El Diario Vasco (via El Confidencial).

The Gunners are said to be looking for a new creative midfielder in January as cover for Emile Smith Rowe and to bolster the ranks after Mesut Ozil’s exit.

Meanwhile, Odegaard has struggled for game time at Real Madrid this season, and Zinedine Zidane is said to have approved a loan move away from the Bernabeu this month.

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The 22-year-old joined the Spanish giants in 2015, a move deemed as a coup for both parties, one of the biggest clubs in the world signing one of the most highly rated youngsters in the game.

Odegaard’s progress has been somewhat slow, but following an impressive loan stint at Real Sociedad last term, it was hoped he’d kick on and cement a place in the RM first team.

This hasn’t been the case, and with just nine appearances – five of which have been starts – all season, it looks as though the Norwegian prodigy has grown tired of warming the bench.

As a fringe player, Odegaard could’ve perhaps expected to get a game in domestic cup competition, but he didn’t even make the squad for the Copa del Rey loss to CD Alcoyano.

 

And while Real Sociedad were said to be back in the running, El Diario Vasco reports that Arsenal have worked hard in pursuit of the player, and the Emirates Stadium will be his destination.

The report claims that the Norway international will join the Gunners on loan for the remainder of the season – but no purchase option will be included in the deal.

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When reports of Odegaard looking for a loan move first emerged, plenty of Arsenal fans called for the club to join the race for his signature.

Now, not only have the Gunners been linked with the player, but some reports even suggest they’ve won the race.

Obviously it remains just speculation at this stage, but hopefully this will increase in the coming days – maybe even hours – culminating in that all-important club communication.

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