Martin Odegaard says that Cesc Fabregas was one his idols when he was growing up watching the Premier League in Norway.
The Real Madrid man has joined the Gunners on loan until the end of the season, and he highlighted the former skipper as someone he identified with as an example of how Arsenal like to play football.
“It’s always been a dream to play in the Premier League,” he told the official website, “and I always liked the way Arsenal played and everything about the club. So it’s a dream come true in many ways.”
Asked if there were any particular players he followed, he continued, “Fabregas, for me, was one of my idols when I grew up. So especially him.
“The way he controls the game, the way he dictated the game, his ability to give assists and also score goals.
“Everything about his game. I tried to learn as much as possible when I grew up watching him. He was the top player.”
If he can produce some Fabregas-like moments in his time here, they’d be very welcome, but overall the Norwegian international feels like North London will be a good place for him to be after conversations with Mikel Arteta.
“I liked his ideas, the way he sees football and also the way he is,” said the 22 year old.
“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.”