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Martin Odegaard’s Arsenal debut may be delayed if Real Madrid exit materialises

Arsenal transfer target Martin Odegaard’s Gunners debut would likely be delayed if a Real Madrid exit happens.

The Gunners have been chasing a loan deal for the 22-year-old to fill the gap left by Mesut Ozil’s departure from the midfield.

Having enjoyed a successful loan spell with Real Sociedad last season, he has been limited to just nine games under Zinedine Zidane this year.

With the Norway international looking to get first-team football, it has seen the north London side become a viable option for the Bernabeu side to offload the youngster.

If a move was to take place, though, ABC in Spain have reported that Mikel Arteta would face a wait before Odegaard could be let loose.

Arsenal will have to wait for Martin Odegaard's debut if they secure a move for him from Real Madrid
Arsenal will have to wait for Martin Odegaard’s debut if they secure a move for him from Real Madrid
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The attacking midfielder has only played five minutes of football sine his start in the 2-0 Champions League loss to Shakhtar Donetsk.

And the report states that the player currently “feels discomfort in his knee”, meaning he would need treatment on his arrival at the Emirates Stadium.

Odegaard burst onto the scene at 15 years old in his debut season for Norwegian side Stromsgodset six years ago.

The Norwegian could head to north London on loan as he looks for regular football, filling Mesut Ozil's shoes
The Norwegian could head to north London on loan as he looks for regular football, filling Mesut Ozil’s shoes
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Scoring five goals in 23 games, he caught Madrid’s eye and earned a €3million move to the Bernabeu.

After working his way up the ranks at the Castilla Academy but was unable to get regular game time under Zidane.

Loan moves to Heerenveen, Vitesse and Sociedad have followed for the last three seasons before a senior squad role this year.

But the 22-year-old 'feels discomfort in his knee', meaning he would need treatment before any games
But the 22-year-old ‘feels discomfort in his knee’, meaning he would need treatment before any games
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He scored seven goals on loan with the La Liga side – and even scored against his parent club to knock them out of the Copa del Rey.

While Madrid appear to be no longer interested in the 22-year-old, he has been the subject of a charm offensive by Arsenal director Edu.

And he has been touted as the “next Ozil” for his “technical abilities”, with their No.10 leaving for Fenerbahce this month.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/martin-odegaard-arsenal-real-madrid-23370522

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