‘Very excited’ – Bernd Leno makes prediction over Arsenal January loan signing Martin Odegaard

The Norway international made his debut against United
The Norway international made his debut against United (Picture: Getty Images)

Bernd Leno says Arsenal loan signing Martin Odegaard has already impressed his new team-mates and thinks supporters should be ‘very excited’ about what the midfielder has to offer.

Earlier this week, the Gunners completed a move to recruit the 22-year-old from Real Madrid on loan until the end of the season.

Odegaard found playing time hard to come by under Zinedine Zidane but will be expected to provide stiff competition for the likes of Emile Smith Rowe in Arsenal’s midfield.

Odegaard has already impressed in training, says Leno
Odegaard has already impressed in training, says Leno (Picture: Getty Images)

The Norway international made his debut for Mikel Arteta’s side in their 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Saturday, coming on as a substitute for Smith Rowe after 83 minutes.

Despite only arriving in north London a few days ago, Leno admitted Odegaard is already turning heads, and is expecting his creative abilities to be vital for the Gunners in the coming months.

‘I think we should all be very excited because he is an attacking midfield player who is turning, wants to go forward, wants to play passes and create chances and have assists,’ the German goalkeeper said.

‘In his first days he has been very impressive and has been very open to everyone, and I think we will have a lot of fun with him in the next months.’

Speaking before the United clash, Arteta already outlined the key factors that will decide if Arsenal sign Odegaard on a permanent deal when his loan spell expires.

‘He certainly has all the qualities and characteristics that we are looking for for that position,’ Arteta said.

‘Then it will be down to two things. First of all, how well he adapts here and how much of an impact he can have in our team. Secondly, what Real Madrid and the player think about it because he’s owned by Real Madrid and the player has a big say in that too.’

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