Arsenal confirms the loan signing of Norway international Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old youngster joins until the end of the season, providing the Gunners with some much-needed creativity following the departure of Mesut Ozil.
Odegaard had wished to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in January due to lack of playing time so far this season.
He has made just only seven appearances in La Liga and is yet to complete 90 minutes for Madrid since returning from last season’s loan spell at Real Sociedad.
Odegaard revealed the role Arteta played in his decision, telling the club’s official website: “I spoke to him before coming here, of course. That was very significant for me and he seems like a top manager and I liked his ideas, the way he sees football and also the way he is.
“He gave me a great impression and that was important for me to be here. He was crucial.
“I think every time you go to a new place, you want to be reassured that it feels good and that there is a plan. But I think everything here just seems good.
“I like the club and I prefer the way the club wants to play. Everything about the club and now how the manager wants to play, I believe it’s a club that suits me well. So I think it’s a good match.”
Odegaard will wear the No.11 shirt having recently worn the No.21 shirt at Madrid this season.
The No.11 shirt has previously been worn by some well-known names at Arsenal during the Premier League period, including the likes of Marc Overmars, Robin van Persie, and Ozil, who donned that number before trading to the No.10.
Odegaard would be in line to make his debut in Saturday’s prominent Premier League game against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.
Arteta will determine whether to throw Odegaard straight into his starting line-up for that fixture or start him on the substitutes’ seat, depending on his wellness level.
Following that game, the Gunners will take a trip to Molineux to meet Wolves on Tuesday, February 2.
Odegaard is also eligible to play for Arsenal’s in the Europa League, with a last-32 tie with Benfica on the horizon, in February.