Martin Odegaard reveals why he idolised Cesc Fabregas after completing Arsenal transfer

Martin Odegaard idolised former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas
Martin Odegaard idolised former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas (Picture: Getty)

Martin Odegaard has revealed he idolised Cesc Fabregas growing up as the Real Madrid midfielder completed his loan move to Arsenal.

Norway international Odegaard will spend the rest of the season at the Emirates under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

The 22-year-old has only made eight La Liga appearances for Real Madrid since being signed by the club in 2015 but impressed on loan for Real Sociedad last season.

Odegaard will hope to kick on at Arsenal until the end of the campaign and in a small way follow in the footsteps of one of his childhood heroes, Fabregas.

Fabregas spent almost a decade at Arsenal, making over 300 appearances for the club and helping Arsene Wenger win the FA Cup and reach the Champions League final.

Odegaard told Arsenal.com: ‘In Norway, the Premier League is really big. Since I was a little kid there, we always watched all the games, me and my friends.

‘I think it’s the biggest league, especially in Norway, so for me it’s always been a dream to play in the Premier League and I always liked the way Arsenal played and everything about the club. So it’s a dream come true in many ways.

Fabregas and Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger
Fabregas and Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty)

‘There were a lot [of Arsenal players I admired]. But I think 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.’

Arteta’s Arsenal climbed to eighth in the Premier League after beating Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s on Tuesday night. The Gunners face in-form Manchester United this weekend.

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