Mikel Arteta hails new Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard and reveals his best position

Mikel Arteta has hailed new Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard
Mikel Arteta has hailed new Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has hailed new Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard and revealed where he plans to play the Real Madrid loanee.

Norway international Odegaard has joined the Gunners on loan until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has barely featured for Real Madrid since being signed by the club in 2015 but impressed during his loan sting at Real Sociedad last season.

Arteta said of his new signing: ‘He’s a player that we followed for some time and we believe that he’s got some special qualities that we need, that we have been missing.

‘Now we have to give him a little bit of time. He hasn’t played that many minutes in Madrid but he’s been training hard and he looks so excited, as we are, to have another big talent at our club.

‘I think in the last few seasons he’s progressed and developed in the right way. I’ve followed him very closely because he played for Real Sociedad, which is my home town. I know him really well.

Arteta is excited to work with Odegaard
Arteta is excited to work with Odegaard (Picture: Getty)

‘I’ve been really impressed. He’s a such a talent. He needs the right environment, he needs a little bit of time but I think he’s got the qualities to be a success for us.’

Asked where he expects Odegaard to play for Arsenal, Arteta added: ‘He’s a specialist to play in the pockets, to play in the No 8 or 10 positions.

‘He can play off the sides. He’s a really creative player who’s really comfortable on the ball in tight spaces.

‘He has the capacity to create chances and to score goals. Something that he has improved a lot is his work rate without the ball as well, so it’s another option to give us more creativity for sure in the final third, and give us more options to set up in different ways against certain teams.’

Odegaard could make his debut for Arsenal on Saturday when Arteta’s side welcome Manchester United to the Emirates.

The Red Devils were top of the table earlier in the month but suffered a shock defeat to bottom-placed Manchester United on Wednesday night.

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