The Gunners have taken a bold step in their quest for domestic success this season by completing the permanent signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid for a fee of £30 million ($40.8m) plus add-ons.
The Norway midfielder, 22, is coming back to the Emirates on a five-year deal after spending the second half of the 2020/21 season with Arsenal on loan.
Odegaard made 20 appearances for Arsenal in his short loan spell and scored two goals for the Londoners including a memorable one in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on March 14.
The Norwegian is Arsenal’s fourth signing the ongoing summer transfer window after the acquisition of Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, and Ben White.
The move brings an end to Odegaard’s spell with Real Madrid after spending 6 years at the Bernabeu. It can be recalled that he spent the majority of those years outside on loan spells to various clubs.
Odegaard joined Real Madrid as a highly rated 15-year-old prodigy in January 2015 from Stromsgodset in Norway. After the move from Norway, he spent two seasons in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen before temporary loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem, Real Sociedad, and Arsenal.
He established himself as the youngest ever player to play for both Real Madrid and Norway, although he made just 11 appearances for Real Madrid. Meanwhile, he has 30 caps for Norway.
On signing for Arsenal, he was handed the No 8 shirt and this was the shirt worn by current manager Mikel Arteta in his time as a player at the Emirates.
He will be available for Sunday’s Premier League cracker against Chelsea and Arsenal will be looking to bounce back after the shock opening day defeat to Brentford. Well. that’s for those who were genuinely shocked by the outcome of the game.
The game will likely describe the tale of two returnees. Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea and Odegaard to Arsenal.