As transfers Arsenal fans were expecting, getting Martin Ødegaard on loan from Real Madrid wasn’t one of them.
The 22-year-old returned to the La Liga giants following a great season at Real Sociedad and there were expectations from most that he would feature under Zinedine Zidane.
That, however, was never to be the case, as the attacking midfielder can since count his number of appearances on his fingers, tallying nine in all competitions, five of them being starts.
Needing game time to continue his impressive development, Ødegaard ended up looking around Europe, and found himself a willing manager in Mikel Arteta.
Sport have an article on the player’s reasons for leaving Real Madrid on a six month loan, explaining he had ‘no choice but to change course’ after ‘Zidane stopped counting on him after the defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk’.
He’s only played eight minutes since, but he knows Mikel Arteta ‘will receive him with open arms’, as the Norwegian starlet ‘fits into his demands to take the baton from Mesut Özil’.
Furthermore, Ødegaard opted for Arsenal ‘because he wanted to try and get to know the Premier League.
A word of caution, though, as ABC in Spain do point out the playmaker currently ‘feels discomfort in his knee’, so there’s a good chance he might not be able to feature straight away.
Something to keep in mind amid all the excitement.