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Arteta delighted to welcome 'special' Odegaard to Arsenal

'Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta said new loan signing Martin Odegaard has got what Arsenal 'have been missing'.

Arsenal have signed Real Madrid midfielder Odegaard on loan until the end of the season and Arteta also suggested the Norwegian may need more time to build his fitness.

"We believe 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," Arteta said.

"He hasn't played that many minutes in Madrid, but he's been training hard. He looks so excited, as we are, to have another big talent in our club.

"He's a specialist to play in the pockets. To be in the number eight or 10 positions. He can play off the sides... He has the capacity to create chances and score goals."