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ARSENAL STRENGTHEN THEIR SIDE AFTER BRINGING IN TWO PLAYERS AND LETTING GO OF A FEW.

INS.

Martin Ødegaard.

Arsenal have signed Norwegian starboy Martin Ødegaard from Real Madrid on a six months loan deal after the player had several complaints about his playing time at the Alfredo De Stefano under Zidane’s stewardship. With a host of clubs seeking for his services, it was Mikel Arteta’s call that lured the youngster to the Emirates. It’s a six months loan with no option to buy since the Galacticos see the young man as apart of their future.

On his unveiling, technical director Edu said: “We are delighted to welcome Martin to the club until the end of the season. I would like to thank everyone at Real Madrid and Martin’s representatives for their collaboration in making this loan move happen. Martin is an exceptional talent and we are strengthening our squad by introducing an exciting offensive player to the club for the remaining months of this season.”

And manager Mikel Arteta said: “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”

Martin Ødegaard will wear shirt 11

Martin Ødegaard during photo shoot.

Mat Ryan.

The goal keeper also arrived at the Emirates from Brighton and Hove Albion to give Benard Leno some competition after Alex Runnarson’s performance didn’t live up to the expectation of the club. Mat Ryan is an Australian international with vast goal keeping experience with over 100 premier League appearances under his belt.

The 28-year-old international has made 124 appearances since signing for the south-coast side in 2017.

Technical director Edu said: “Mat is an experienced goalkeeper, a proven talent in the Premier League and has also played many internationals for Australia. Mat will further strengthen our squad with his experience and knowledge of playing at the highest level.

“Following Matt Macey’s recent move to Hibernian, Mat will provide very good competition and positive support to all our goalkeepers and we are looking forward to him integrating quickly into the set-up here at Arsenal.”

Headcoach Mikel Arteta also added and said: “We know Mat very well through his performances with Brighton in recent seasons and he brings additional quality to our squad. Mat has very good Premier League experience and has played over 100 times in the league, which is something that will benefit us greatly on and off the pitch. We welcome Mat to Arsenal and look forward to working with him this season.” 

Mat Ryan while being unveiled at Emirates.

OUTS

Mesut Özil.

The 32-year-old former Germany midfielder
has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with
the Turkish side.
He won three FA Cups with Arsenal and
scored 44 goals in 254 appearances in all
competitions for them, but has not played for
the first team since March.
“It is difficult for me to put into words the
love I feel for the club and the fans,” Ozil said
in an open letter.
“How could I possibly describe eight years of
gratitude in a single letter?
“I will be a Gunner for life – no doubt about
that.”
He added: “Arsenal is a club of class and
prestige, something that I felt every time I
walked on to the pitch.
“Players, staff and management always come
and go – but the club’s values and fans will
remain forever.
“The principles of class, respect and dignity
must never be forgotten. It is the
responsibility of every single person from the
club to make sure they carry out their job in
the name of these values.

Mesut Özil being unveiled at Fenerbahce.

Sokratis Papastathoplous

The Greece international was
released by the Gunners last week.
Olympiakos are top of the Greek Super league
with 48 points from 18 games, 11 points clear
of second-placed AEK Athens.
“It was easy to say yes,” he said. “I did not
come to Greece to end my career but to win.”
Olympiakos will face PSV Eindhoven in the
Europa League last 32.
Sokratis made 69 appearances for Arsenal
after joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.

Sokratis being unveiled at Olympiakos.

The other players that were realeased by Arsenal are Sead Kolasinac to Schalke 04 on loan and goal keeper Matt Macey to Hibernian FC on a permanent deal with a couple of players also set to be shown the door.

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