Mikel Arteta has praised new signing Martin Odegaard as a ‘unique talent’ and thanked the Arsenal hierarchy for making the effort to recruit the Norwegian on a permanent basis after last season’s loan.
The 22-year-old moves to Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid in a deal worth £34 million and is expected to provide competition to Emile Smith Rowe for the role of creator-in-chief in the Gunners midfield.
Odegaard scored twice and provided two assists in 20 appearances last season and will be looking to better those numbers once he gets his work visa signed off. Unfortunately, that won’t come in time for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.
“He brings a lot of things that he brought last season,” said Arteta when asked about Odegaard’s qualities.
“He made us better, we needed more options, alternatives, creativity and players that can be models for this football club. He is still a really young man but he has huge experience in different clubs already.
“He has a unique talent based on the way we want to play so I’m delighted that the club has made an effort and we have Martin on a permanent deal here.
“You’ve seen the numbers and what we did after Christmas when Martin was in the team and we had people like Emile, the team performed at a completely different level. He’s someone that we admire and he’s still at the age in his career when the potential he has is still immense.”