Mikel Arteta's message to Edu as Arsenal chief secures his dream Gunners transfer
They find themselves in a difficult patch on the pitch after losing their opening two games of the season 2-0 to Brentford and Chelsea respectively, but Odegaard’s signing should help to improve their creativity moving forward.
The Norwegian – who spent six months on loan at the Emirates in the second half of last season - looked set to stay at Real Madrid this campaign, but Edu’s work behind the scenes helped to change the La Liga giants’ mind.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Arteta said: “I was really happy because at one stage we thought it wouldn’t be possible, Madrid weren't very keen on selling the player.
“Martin always expressed his desire to come, but it wasn’t looking very possible and then the door opened and straight away the club was really supportive.
“Edu did a great job to manage the situation and we got the player that we wanted and we know because we have experience with him already for six months.”
The Spaniard continued by explaining what Odegaard will bring to the team, on and off the ball.