English Premier League side Arsenal has completed the signing of Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season.
His arrival at Emirates Stadium comes after the departure of former German international midfielder Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce.
The 22-year-old Norway international midfielder will wear a number 11 jersey for the Gunners.
Speaking after signing his contract, Odegaard said he was delighted to join the greatest club in England.
“I think every time you go to a new place, you want to make sure that it feels good and that there is a plan. But I think everything here just seems good,” Odegaard told Arsenal.com.
“I like the club and I always liked the way that the club wants to play. Everything about the club and now how the manager wants to play, I think it’s a club that really suits me well. So I think it’s a good match.”
For his part, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta said: “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is, of course, a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”
The midfielder becomes the second signing in the January window after the arrival of goalkeeper Mat Ryan from Brighton.
Odegaard will link up with fellow Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos in the North London club.
He joined Real Madrid from the Norwegian team Stromsgodset in 2015.
In January 2017, he was loaned to SC Heerenveen for 18 months, then to Vitesse and Real Sociedad for a season each. Arsenal becomes the fourth club that he has visited on loan.
He could make his debut in the Premier League clash against Manchester United this weekend.