• Phone call from Mikel Arteta made Norwegian’s mind up
  • Real Sociedad and Ajax also interested in midfielder

Arsenal have won the race to sign the Real Madrid midfielder Martin Ødegaard on loan, beating off competition from Real Sociedad and Ajax to secure the services of the 22-year-old attacking midfielder.

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