Arsenal have recruited Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £30m million.

Signing the Norway international was a key priority for the Gunners all summer and eventually, after a few bumps in the road and flirtations with other options, Mikel Arteta has his man.

The 22-year-old made 20 appearances for Arsenal during a fruitful six-month loan spell last season and while his end product has room for improvement – he only scored twice and made two assists – the manager was impressed by the player’s attitude and aptitude on and off the pitch.

Given the fees being quoted for alternative attacking midfielders, snaffling Odegaard at this price looks like decent business. Here’s hoping he can build on the foundations he laid between January and May to become an integral part of our squad, the talent and the potential is there.

Odegaard is the latest recruit based on what appears to be a strategy of bringing in players in their early 20s, after Ben White (23), Albert Sambi Lokonga (21), Nuno Tavares (21), with 23 year old Aaron Ramsdale set to join too.



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