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ARSENAL are on the verge of signing Martin Odegaard on loan.

The Real Madrid star headed to London and is set to undergo a medical today ahead of a £1.8m loan switch.

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  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING GOONERS

    One in, one out at Emirates Stadium.

    Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £1.8million loan move for Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.

    The Gunners will fork out for the Norwegian's entire £38,000-a-week wages, meaning his move until the end of the season will cost around £2.5m, according to The Times.

    Mikel Arteta is believed to have personally called the 22-year-old to persuade him to move to the Emirates rather than stay in Spain with Real Sociedad, where he played last season.

    The Athletic reports Odegaard is due to fly into London on Sunday with a move expected to be concluded after a medical on Monday.

    Due to the elite sportsperson exemption from self-isolation measures, if Odegaard returns a negative Covid-19 test, he will be free to immediately join up with Arteta's squad.

    As one heads in, another goes with Mesut Ozil’s exit to Fenerbahce confirmed.

    The German said: “Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart.”

    Arteta added: "Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed. It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him.”

    Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has urged fans to help pay for Ozil’s wages by donating money to the club.

    The 53-year-old stated: “We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support.

    “On the day of the signature, I will ask you to break a record. With an SMS campaign. Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good.”

    In other outgoing news, Reiss Nelson could reportedly leave on loan this month with the club keen for him to get regular game time.

    The 21-year-old has fell down the pecking order at the Emirates this season, featuring in just nine games in all competitions.

    According to PA journalist Mark Mann-Bryans, Nelson could soon link up with a Championship club.

  • sstreet

    LANDING IN LONDON

    Martin Odegaard has reportedly landed at London Luton Airport to complete his move to Arsenal.

    The Norwegian will undergo a medical tomorrow ahead of a £1.8m loan transfer from Real Madrid.

  • Marc Mayo

    RYAN READY FOR NEW CHAPTER

    New Arsenal goalkeeper Mat Ryan has bid farewell to Brighton.

    After losing his place in the Seagulls team, he has moved to Emirates Stadium on a loan deal.

    In a heartfelt post on his Instagram, Ryan wrote: “To my Brighton family, I guess it’s a goodbye for now. It’s been an incredible 3.5 years together until now.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    BERT LOCKER

    Ryan Bertrand will not end up at Arsenal, according to Martin Keown, despite rumours over the left-back’s future.

    Southampton are yet to finalise the player’s contract situation, reportedly alerting the Gunners.

    But Keown told BT Sport: “This is a young team here [at Southampton], so I don’t think he is going anywhere.”

  • Marc Mayo

    MONARCH OF THE GLEN

    Glen Kamara has developed immensely since he left Arsenal, and could now play for the Gunners on his HEAD, says Neil McCann.

    The Gers favourite has been impressed with the midfielder’s time in Glasgow with Arsenal even linked to buying him back.

    McCann said: "It’s ironic he left Arsenal because he was deemed not good enough.

    “I believe he could play for Arsenal now standing on his head – he’s that good. That boy has the ability to play at a very high level.

    “He’s shown it for Finland and Rangers but I hope he doesn’t go anywhere because I want to see him be a success and he is standing on the edge of winning a title.

    “There wasn’t much to see in an Arsenal jersey but he’s got the pedigree and I was looking for a footballer who could be brave, take it off the centre-back and build from the back under pressure.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    OZIL & OUT

    Jack Wilshere is 'happy' that former team-mate Mesut Ozil has secured an exit from Arsenal.

    When asked if he had spoken to Ozil about being cast aside, Wilshere said: "No. I was friends with Mesut during my time at Arsenal and we had a really good relationship on and off the pitch I thought.

    "But no I didn’t speak to him. I’m sure it was as difficult for him [to not be playing] as it was for me.

    "It’s not nice to be in a position where you’re not given that opportunity – a fair opportunity – to try and challenge for a place in the team.

    "Listen, people can have bad games and miss out on the team, but to not be given an opportunity is tough and was tough to take.

    "So I’m happy that he has found happiness and hopefully he can go on to be successful in Turkey."

  • Marc Mayo

    KIER WE GO

    Kieran Tierney has proved again he is far more than just a chilled-out entertainer. 

    Superman, legend, machine, Scottish Psycho, crazy… take your pick from the descriptions Arsenal fans are giving their sub-zero hero after his brrr-avado of training in the snow in T-shirt and shorts.

    Rather than debate the frozen cons, left-back Tierney defied below-freezing conditions at the Gunners' Colney training centre by practising as if it was the summer.

  • Marc Mayo

    IT'S OVER

    After all the speculation, gossip and rumours…

    Mesut Ozil has left Arsenal, today joining Turkish side Fenerbahce.

  • Marc Mayo

    IN-SAN-ITY

    Tony Cascarino has compared Willian to another veteran winger flop who moved across England’s top clubs: Alexis Sanchez.

    The Brazilian has struggled to make an impact at Arsenal and former striker Cascarino likened him to Manchester United misfit Sanchez.

    He told talkSPORT: ““The form of Willian has been extraordinary at how poor he’s been.

    “He’s Alexis Sanchez at Man United poor since he’s gone to the club.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SNOW DAY

    Arsenal Women’s game with West Ham was called off earlier today due to snowy weather in the capital.

    So that left plenty of opportunities for larks among the Gunners squad!

  • Marc Mayo

    WOJ A GUY

    Former Arsenal man Wojciech Szczesny was not the most highly-rated player in North London but he continues to shine with Juventus.

    A shutout in today’s 2-0 win over Bologna made it 50 clean sheets for the Pole in Turin.

  • Marc Mayo

    SAK OF THE NET

    Jack Wilshere has labelled Bukayo Saka the best player at Arsenal.

    In a Twitter Q&A, the midfielder highlighted Saka and stated that Mikel Arteta is heading towards something special.

  • Marc Mayo

    WAY BACK WEN

    Jay-Emmanuel Thomas has given an insight into his time at Arsenal.

    Now at Livingston, the midfielder spoke on Arsene Wenger’s management techniques while he was a youngster in North London.

    Thomas told The Herald: “Arsene was more a mind person. 

    “He would speak with you personally, in close contact and no-one else could hear what he was saying.

    “Arsene Wenger was not the voice at Arsenal, Pat Rice was the voice. Each person has their voice.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ODE THE MOON

    More on Martin Odegaard’s move to Arsenal.

    The Times say the Gunners will pay his full £38,000-a-week wages when he completes the loan switch from Real Madrid.

    And The Athletic report on a plan to fly the Norwegian to London tonight before a medical tomorrow.

    Due to elite sportsperson exemptions, a negative coronavirus test will mean Odegaard does not have to self-isolate upon arrival.

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  • Marc Mayo

    AL OR NOTHING

    Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has urged fans to help pay for Mesut Ozil's wages by donating money to the club.

    It has been claimed that the World Cup winner will earn in the region of £67,000-a-week – equalling £3.5million-a-year.

    To help with the costs, Koc has asked supporters to help cover his wages as he admitted he needs financial support.

    The 53-year-old stated: "We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support. 

    "On the day of the signature, I will ask you to break a record. With an SMS campaign.  Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good."

    Text messages for those that will be taking part in the 'Mesutol campaign' will cost £2.

  • Marc Mayo

    NO MERS-Y

    Paul Merson was left dismayed by Arsenal’s weak defence of their FA Cup crown.

    Mikel Arteta was blamed by the ex-midfielder for yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

    He said on Soccer Saturday: “I don’t know what he’s doing. 

    “They are not going to win the league. They are not going to get into the top four, I wouldn’t have thought, unless they go on one of the best runs in the history of the Premier League.

    “For me, this is the [competition] that made Arteta last time around. He came to Arsenal and had a great semi-final and a great final.

    “Honestly, I cannot believe it. This was a more important game than the midweek league game, in my opinion. They are not getting relegated and they are not getting in the top four.”

  • Marc Mayo

    TOP TIER

    Kieran Tierney’s £25million signing for Arsenal will spur more clubs to look for Scottish bargains.

    Sky Sports presenter Jim White believes a number of SPFL stars could be brought across the border as a result of the defender’s success.

    He told Sunday Post: “Clubs in England know there are really good players to be had in the Scottish Premiership.

    “The likes of Andy Robertson and John McGinn in the past two or three years are proof of that. And there are others, such as Billy Gilmour.

    “You then add in the success story of Kieran Tierney’s signing at Arsenal, and it all adds to the interest in Scottish players.

    “People are now praising the Gunners for getting Tierney for £25m. Everybody thinks it is an absolute bargain!”

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  • Marc Mayo

    KWIK-E-MART

    Martin Odegaard has agreed to join Arsenal, according to reports.

    The Gunners will pay the Norwegian's salary after the clubs finalised the deal.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reports on Mikel Arteta's call to Odegaard being key to persuading him to move.

    After a medical, the deal should be announced by Arsenal and Real Madrid.

  • Craig Mahood

    OZIL'S WORDS

    Mesut Ozil said he will be forever grateful for the support he had from teammates and supporters.

    He said the memories of winning trophies will stay with him for life.

    Mesut said: “I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years.

    "The support I have felt from the team and fans during my time here has been truly incredible and something I will always be grateful for.

    "Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime.

    "The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart.

    "I’d like to thank Edu Gaspar for helping bring about a professional and dignified solution in the past few days, and I wish everyone at the club the best in their attempt to continue to bring Arsenal back to the top, where we belong.”

  • Craig Mahood

    ARTETA ON OZIL

    Boss Mikel Arteta believes Ozil's achievements are 'undisputed' having played alongside and managed the German.

    He said: “Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed.

    "It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him.

    "His creativity and vision led to many goals during his time in the Arsenal shirt.

    "Mesut was at the heart of many great moments for this club over the years, including those three FA Cup final wins.

    "These successes will always be part of our history.

    "We thank Mesut and wish him all the best with Fenerbahce.”

  • Craig Mahood

    'THANK YOU, MESUT'

    Arsenal Technical Director Edu thanked the German for his professionalism during the negotiations to let him leave.

    He said: “We thank Mesut for his huge contribution to Arsenal.

    "He has made more than 250 appearances, played in three Emirates FA Cup final wins and has given the fans and everyone at the club many wonderful moments on the pitch since he joined us in 2013.  

    "We would like to thank Mesut and his team for their professionalism during our recent negotiations.

    "I know everyone associated with Arsenal will join me in wishing Mesut and his family the best of health, success and happiness in the next chapter of his career.”

  • Craig Mahood

    BREAKING: OZIL JOINS FENERBAHCE

    It's not been much of a secret but Mesut Ozil's move to Fenerbahce has finally been announced.

  • Craig Mahood

    'DISRESPECT'

    Mikel Arteta has been accused of disrespecting the FA Cup by former Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor.

    Arteta made seven changes for the defeat to Southampton yesterday.

    Agbonlahor told Talk SPORT: “Southampton have played their full strength side because they’ve taken the competition more seriously.

    “Maybe Arteta thought he could rely on these players to get a result.

    “If they win the game then everyone’s applauding Arteta for making these changes.

    “When it doesn’t go your way and you lose then you have to face the scrutiny you’re going to get because it does lack a bit of respect for the competition, especially when you’re the holders as well.”

  • Craig Mahood

    PROMISING?

    The stats behind yesterday's loss to Southampton in the FA Cup.

    Plenty of the ball but no cutting edge.

  • Craig Mahood

    LUNCHTIME ROUND-UP

    In case you missed it, here’s what has happened this morning.

    • Gunners joined by Burnley in pursuit of Stoke’s Nathan Collins
    • Also lining up a move for Tyrick Mitchell as Kieran Tierney cover
    • Ryan Bertrand being monitored as KT cover too
    • Alan Smith not convinced by Martin Odegaard
    • Neslon set for loan move away
    • Sokratis set for Olympiacos move

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