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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says new Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard is ‘the right character’
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Arsenal’s decision to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid. The Gunners completed their loan deal for the 22-year-old this week, and the midfielder joins Mikel Arteta’s side for the remainder of the campaign.
The Norway international is in line to make his debut for the Gunners this Saturday as they host United at the Emirates Stadium. And ahead of the match, Solskjaer has hailed Arteta’s latest acquisition.
When asked about Arsenal’s decision to sign Odegaard, Solskjaer said: ‘Martin is a very talented young player and we know from the national team that he can cause any team problems.
‘I just hope he’s not finding his form on Saturday. ‘Wish him all the best. He’s a good boy, good attitude, right character, so I’m sure they’ve made a good signing there.’
Arteta, meanwhile, believes Odegaard is capable of playing in multiple positions ahead of Arsenal’s clash with United.
‘He’s a player that we followed for some time and we believe that he’s got some special qualities that we need, that we have been missing,’ said Arteta.
‘Now we have to give him a little bit of time. He hasn’t played that many minutes in Madrid but he’s been training hard and he looks so excited, as we are, to have another big talent at our club.
‘I think in the last few seasons he’s progressed and developed in the right way. I’ve followed him very closely because he played for Real Sociedad, which is my home town. I know him really well.
‘I’ve been really impressed. He’s a such a talent. He needs the right environment, he needs a little bit of time but I think he’s got the qualities to be a success for us.
‘He’s a specialist to play in the pockets, to play in the No.8 or No.10 positions.
‘He can play off the sides. He’s a really creative player who’s really comfortable on the ball in tight spaces.
‘He has the capacity to create chances and to score goals. Something that he has improved a lot is his workrate without the ball as well, so it’s another option to give us more creativity for sure in the final third, and give us more options to set up in different ways against certain teams.’