Martin Odegaard to Arsenal: Mikel Arteta feeling ‘very positive’ to completing loan deal

Simon Collings and Alex Young
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Mikel Arteta expects Arsenal to wrap up the loan signing of Martin Odegaard soon.

The young midfielder is closing on a temporary move to the Gunners lasting until the end of the season after finding chances hard to come by at Real Madrid.

Arsenal have been in the market for a playmaker and moved quickly to beat Real Sociedad to the 22-year-old's signature.

"I think we are pretty close, but it is not finalised," Arteta told reporters after Arsenal's win at Southampton.

"As I am standing here I have not talked to Edu or the club in the last three hours, but we are very positive that we can finalise the deal."

Odegaard has undergone a medical and, should there be no last-minute hitches, will be confirmed as an Arsenal player this week.

Much like Dani Ceballos’s two loan agreements from Real Madrid, Arsenal hold no option to make the move permanent.

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