After completing the transfer to Arsenal on January 27, Martin Odegaard will wear the number 11 shirt, which belongs to the departed star Mesut Ozil.
Odegaard was the first addition to Arsenal’s first team during the January 2021 transfer window. He will wear the London club shirt from now until the end of the season on loan from Real Madrid.
According to the Sky SportsOdegaard is exempt from epidemic quarantine procedures because he tested negative with nCoV prior to his entry to the UK. The Norwegian midfielder can therefore play on Saturday, when Arsenal play Man Utd.
Immediately after completing the procedures, Odegaard was awarded the number 11 shirt, a sign of the great expectation that Arsenal held on him. This number belonged to Mesut Ozil in the period of 2013-2018 – the first five seasons of the German superstar wearing the “Gunners” and also the five seasons when he was shining in the position of midfield. After Ozil switched to number 10, fading to disgrace, the number 11 was given to Lucas Torreira, and was left empty earlier this season after the defensive midfielder left.
After coach Mikel Arteta brushed Ozil out of all professional plans this season and pushed him to Fenerbahce last week, midfield creativity became a difficult problem for Arsenal. This is part of the reason why they play unstable, and fell to the middle of the Premier League, and soon stopped in the FA Cup – the tournament they won last season.
Arteta is therefore very much waiting at Odegaard. “Martin will provide us with quality attacking solutions. We are looking forward to incorporating him into the team’s plans from now to the end of the season,” he said on January 27.
Odegaard himself looks forward to being used at the Emirates Stadium. He said during the launch: “The information I got in advance with Mikel was important when I decided. He seems to be a top coach, I like Mikel’s ideas, the way he is. Seeing football and his personality and people. Mikel gave me a sense of confidence and it made me come here. “
Odegaard emerged at the age of 16 and was recruited by Real at the age of 17. But he has not been used in this Spanish team, constantly having to travel to small clubs like Heerenveen, Vitesse Arnhem (Netherlands) on loan.
Thanks to shining with Sociedad on loan last season, Odegaard was recalled to Real this season, but he was once again disappointed when he was not cared for by coach Zinedine Zidane. There were a number of clubs, including Sociedad himself, who wanted to bring Odegaard back this January, but he decided to choose Arsenal.
“Every time we change, everyone wants to make sure they are trusted and have a plan for themselves in a new place. But I think everything looks good at Arsenal. I like this club, and the philosophy of football. The team wants to play, I think this club is right for me, and I believe it will be a good match for both sides, “added Odegaard.
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