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OFFICIAL! Arsenal seal Ødegaard return ahead of Chelsea clash

Norway international, Martin Ødegaard, has completed his return to Arsenal from Real Madrid two days before the Gunners host London rivals, Chelsea, and this time, it is on a permanent basis in a deal that will cost the North London club an initial £30m.

Arsenal and Real Madrid have been rosy bedfellows in recent times during the transfer season having reached loan deals for Ødegaard and twice for Dani Ceballos over the previous two seasons.

Now once again, Ødegaard will ply his trade at the Emirates Stadium and will continue to do so for years to come, having signed a long-term deal believed to be five years.

The talented midfielder, who can also play on the right wing or behind the striker, will wear the number 8 shirt in his second spell as an Arsenal player. Ødegaard wore the number 11 shirt in his first spell earlier this year between January and June.

He could be in line to feature for the Gunners against Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League although it would be no surprise if he does not as the deal has been completed too close to match-day when he has yet to train enough with the players.

While Ødegaard’s availability against Chelsea is questionable, club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set to make his season bow against the Blues after recovering from Covid-19.

The Gabon international was one of four players that was left out of the opening weekend squad that lost at newly promoted Brentford due to the virus. Now, he has tested negative while Alexandre Lacazette and two others remain doubts for the Chelsea match.

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