Odegaard completes Arsenal medical

Martin Odegaard has completed a medical at Arsenal ahead of a loan move from Real Madrid.

Arsenal have agreed to sign the 22-year-old on loan until the end of the season, with the deal expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

Odegaard has made it clear he wants to leave Real Madrid this month in order to play regular first-team football, having played just nine times in all competitions for the Spanish club this season.

Real Sociedad were keen on re-signing Odegaard after his season-long loan stint last year, but it is thought Real Madrid’s preference was to send him to a club outside La Liga.

Odegaard registered seven goals and nine assists across 36 appearances on loan at the La Liga side last season, leading Real Madrid to cut short his two-year loan and make him part of their first-team squad.

A number of Premier League clubs were also interested in Odegaard, including Leicester, although the Foxes opted not to pursue the Norwegian international after preliminary discussions.

Odegaard’s completed medical comes two days after the departure of attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, who has joined Fenerbahce from Arsenal on a free transfer.

Odegaard will become Arsenal’s second signing of the January window after the club secured the services of Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan on a loan deal until the end of the season.

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If Arsenal complete the Odegaard deal by midday on Friday then he will be available for their Premier League trip to Manchester United on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

What will one-time wonderkid Odegaard bring to the Premier League?

Sky Sports’ Peter Smith:

What will Odegaard bring to the Premier League? Well, hype, hope and a lot of media attention for starters.

The attention of the footballing world was centred on him in 2015 when, a month after his 16th birthday, Real Madrid won the race for his signature – and the interest in the now 22-year-old is set to ignite again.

Already a Norway international when he joined Real, Odegaard – who had drawn excitable comparisons with Lionel Messi – immediately began training with the first team and became the club’s youngest-ever player in the final game of that season.

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Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero provides detail surrounding Martin Odegaard’s loan move from Real Madrid to Arsenal

Back then, the anticipation of what Odegaard would become at the Bernabeu knew no bounds – but his progress, perhaps disappointingly for some, has been quieter since, as the gradual progression of a midfield technician has taken shape.

Patience is paying off now, though. After an underwhelming 18-month loan spell at Heerenveen, Odegaard had a standout season at Vitesse in 2018/19, creating more chances than any other player in the Dutch top flight, and finishing third in the assists chart to Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech.

He backed it up with an impressive season at Real Sociedad last year, when he hit double figures for goal contributions, and was recalled to Real Madrid as a result.

While a way into Zinedine Zidane’s line-up has ultimately been hard to find, Arsenal have landed a classy creator, a pass-master and an attacking midfielder with a fine touch and bright awareness of the game.

Odegaard will bring excitement on the pitch as well as off it.

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Southampton vs Arsenal preview – Gunners still without Auba?

Team news and stats ahead of Southampton vs Arsenal in the Premier League on Tuesday; kick-off 8.15pm.

Team news

Southampton will be without first-choice full-backs Ryan Bertrand and Kyle Walker-Peters for Tuesday’s Premier League visit of Arsenal.

Bertrand is serving a one-match ban, while Walker-Peters suffered a minor quadriceps injury in training on Monday.

Nathan Redmond is fit enough for the bench following a groin problem, but the game still comes too early for Oriol Romeu (leg), who could return at the weekend, while Will Smallbone (knee) is a long-term absentee.

It remains to be seen if Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be available for the visitors.

The forward withdrew from the squad which lost at Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday due to personal reasons and it is unclear when he will be back in contention.

Dani Ceballos should be available following a calf complaint, but a similar injury will most likely keep Pablo Mari on the sidelines.

How to follow

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A preview of matchweek 20 in the Premier League as Everton face Leicester and Liverpool travel to Tottenham.

Follow Southampton vs Arsenal in our dedicated live match blog. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

Pitch to Post Review – All 20 clubs analysed in half-term report

In a bumper Review show, the panel recover from spitting out their coffee on Monday morning to react to the news that Frank Lampard has lost his job as Chelsea manager. Where did it go wrong for Lampard? Did he lack experience? And what would replacement Thomas Tuchel bring?

Jasper Taylor is joined by Roger Clarke, Gerard Brand and Mark McAdam for the latest Pitch to Post review, as we analyse all 20 Premier League clubs in the half-term review.

In possibly the most bizarre Premier League season in history, which has seen eight different leaders, we cover every team from the rise of Ole’s United to the fall of Wilder’s.

To hear more, download the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Review podcast on your provider

Jones Knows’ prediction

These two teams meet for the third time in just over a month, so, theoretically, predicting an outcome should be a doddle, no?

Southampton have edged the two encounters with an aggregate score of 2-1 which does make an argument for them being overpriced as the supposed outsiders for this one at 21/10. But making assumptions like that using just the bare result on such a small sample size is the quickest way to skintsville. With a deeper overall assessment of both sides, a low scoring draw seems the most likely result between two evenly-matched teams.

I’m expecting the influence of a fully-fit Thomas Partey to have a massive impact on Arsenal’s results over the next few months. He gives them a forceful ball-carrying option through the middle and possesses all the tools to be one of the best all-round midfielders in the Premier League – that was on show in the 1-0 win over Manchester United in November. When he’s back at full-throttle, Arsenal have a player to take them up the table.

Thomas Partey is 2/1 to have a shot on target from outside the box
Thomas Partey is 2/1 to have a shot on target from outside the box

He’s also a player that isn’t afraid of shooting from range, which makes him very interesting in Sky Bet player shot markets. He’s averaging 1.48 shots a game so far in his brief Arsenal career, a figure which is similar to his numbers at Atletico Madrid. He’s 2/1 for a shot on target on Tuesday – a price certainly worth a look.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

ALSO LOOK OUT FOR: Thomas Partey to have a shot on target from outside the box (2/1 with Sky Bet)

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win against Newcastle in the Premier League.
  • Southampton have won one of their last 10 Premier League matches against Arsenal (D4 L5), a 3-2 home win in December 2018.
  • Arsenal are looking to record back-to-back away Premier League wins against Southampton for the first time since winning in March and August 1997 under Arsene Wenger.
  • All seven of Southampton’s wins against Arsenal in the Premier League have been at home, with only Fulham vs Everton (9) winning more games against an opponent with all wins coming at home in the Premier League.
  • Arsenal are looking to win three consecutive away Premier League games for the first time since October 2018, while they last did so without conceding back in May 2013.
  • Southampton have kept six home Premier League clean sheets this season, as many as they did in 2018/19 and 2019/20 combined; the Saints last kept more at St. Mary’s in 2016/17 (8).
  • Following a run of seven league games without a win in November/December, Arsenal have won four of their last five (D1), shipping just one goal in that run.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester’s win against Southampton in the Premier League.
  • After a run of scoring in 12 consecutive Premier League games, Southampton have failed to score in four of their last five in the competition. Saints are looking to avoid consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time since their opening two games of this campaign.
  • Arsenal have kept four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League, last keeping five in a row in the competition back in January 2006.
  • Southampton’s Theo Walcott scored in their 1-1 draw vs Arsenal earlier this season – the only three players to score home and away against the Gunners in a Premier League season having previously played for them in the competition are Kevin Campbell (2000/01), Nicolas Anelka (2002/03 & 2006/07) and Robin van Persie (2012/13).
  • Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in Arsenal’s last league game against Newcastle, as many as he’d netted in his previous 15 Premier League games. The Gabonese striker has scored more Premier League braces without ever netting a hat-trick in the competition’s history (13).


Sokratis joins Olympiakos

Former Arsenal defender Sokratis has completed a free transfer to Olympiakos on a contract until the summer of 2023.

Arsenal and Sokratis agreed to end the defender’s contract at the Emirates six months early, before he completed his move to Greece a few days later.

The 32-year-old’s deal was set to expire at Arsenal at the end of the season. Sky in Italy has reported that La Liga clubs Real Betis and Sevilla, as well as Serie A side Genoa, were keen to sign the Greek international.

Sokratis’ last Arsenal appearance came in their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea in August 2020

He joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in July 2018 and went on to make 69 appearances for the club.

However, along with Mesut Ozil, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta chose not to include Sokratis in his plans this season and left the pair out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads.

Ozil, Sokratis and defender Sead Kolasinac have all left the club this month with speculation also surrounding the future of Shkodran Mustafi.

Analysis: What Odegaard will bring to Arsenal

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Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero provides detail surrounding Martin Odegaard’s loan move from Real Madrid to Arsenal.

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan until the end of the season – but what will the one-time wonderkid bring to the Emirates Stadium and where will he fit into Mikel Arteta’s team?

The Norway international is now 22 but hit the headlines in 2015 when he was signed by Real as a 16-year-old, with comparisons to Lionel Messi being made about his ability.

While his career has not taken off as Messi’s did, his development has taken some encouraging strides forwards in recent seasons and Arteta and Arsenal supporters will be excited to see what he can produce in the Premier League.