England-ALSHARQIYA January 27: Arsenal announced on Wednesday that it had strengthened its ranks with the Norwegian midfielder, Martin Odegaard, from Real Madrid, on loan until the end of the season.
"We are delighted to welcome Martin at the club until the end of the season. I want to thank everyone at Real Madrid and Martin's representatives for their cooperation in making this loan possible," said the London club's sporting director, Edo.
Since the 22-year-old graduated from Real Madrid's Castilla Academy, he has only participated in one match with the first team, since he has transferred since 2017 between Heerenveen and Vitis Arnhem of the Netherlands and Real Sociedad of Spain, before returning this season to the capital club and participating with him in 7 matches In the league and two in the Champions League.
After a bad start to the season, Arsenal is currently going through a remarkable period, winning five of its last six matches in the Premier League, climbing to eighth place, just 5 points behind the last fourth-place qualification for the Champions League, a competition that the London club has missed in the last four years. After being part of it for 19 consecutive seasons under the supervision of French coach Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal will have another chance to return to the Champions League in the event that it ends the season outside the top four, by winning the "Europa League", where it faces in the 32nd round with Benfica of Portugal.
Arteta will be able to count in the continental competition on Odegaard, who finished at Real Madrid when he was 16.