BREAKING: Arsenal signs Odegaard On a Permanent Deal
Arsenal have confirmed the £30million signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid after the Norwegian spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates Stadium.Manager Mikel Arteta has been determined to bring in a playmaker and talks over signing Odegaard, 22, on a permanent basis have been ongoing throughout the summer.He impressed in his 20 appearances for the Gunners from late January onwards, scoring twice and setting up two further goals. He has been handed the No 8 shirt at The Emirates. Odegaard was absent from Real Madrid's training session on Wednesday while the finer points of the deal were thrashed out and now Arsenal have confirmed the signing.The Norway international of 30 appearances has not completed his move on time make his debut in the London derby against Chelsea on Sunday, however.
Instead, his second Gunners bow could come in the Carabao Cup against West Brom on Wednesday August 25. Odegaard's signing is Arsenal's fourth of the summer following defender Ben White, left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.It takes their spending to £102m as the Gunners aim to improve on last season's eighth place finish in the Premier League, which saw them miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years.