ARSENAL have included some much-needed imagination to their midfield – and a gamer a rival boss pledged to make the very best in the world.

Martin Odegaard, 22, has joined the Gunners on a ₤ 1.8 million loan till completion of the season from Real Madrid, after finding game time limited at the Bernabeu.

And the playmaker, as soon as dubbed the ‘Norwegian Messi’, is not except admirers – with Manchester City employer Pep Guardiola thought to have actually been desperate to sign him when he managed Bayern Munich.

While during his time at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo was wowed by Odegaard’s left foot and guarantee.

International team-mate Erling Haaland has also revealed the happiness he has playing for Norway with Odegaard being his primary supplier.

He was the wonderkid we had actually currently heard about at 14.

The buzz around Odegaard as a young teen was amazing.

Astonishingly, he began training with the Stromsgodset first string aged just 13 and made his launching in Norway’s leading flight at 15.

He was invited to train with the top clubs around Europe, including boyhood club Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

In 2015, it was Real Madrid who had clinched a deal for the-then sought-after 16-year-old for a cost of around ₤ 2.3 million.

Norwegian football expert Jan Aage Fjortoft discussed why he selected the LaLiga giants.

He said: “As you understand, Liverpool was his favourite club, it was his favourite club as a kid. I still think that the reason that he ended up at Real Madrid was quite simple, in my viewpoint.

” Firstly, Real Madrid had a junior varsity, the other 3 clubs did not. The second team (Castilla) coach was Zinedine Zidane. He is not a bad player, he is not a bad coach!”

Guardiola wanted to deal with Odegaard at Bayern Munich, according to Fjortoft – who now works as a reporter in his homeland after starring on our coasts for Swindon, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and Barnsley.

The Spanish boss was determined he might turn the No10 into a world beater, and informed Fjortoft so.

Fjortoft stated on the Here We Go podcast that Guardiola communicated to his board: “You need to bring that boy (Odegaard) to Munich, you need to bring him to Munich! I will make him the very best player worldwide!”

Nevertheless, Pep lost out to Real Madrid, although then-Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti wasn’t impressed by the excitement surrounding the boy marvel.

He declared that the club’s president Florentino Perez only signed the talent as a PR workout.

” When Florentino purchases a Norwegian footballer, you merely need to accept it,” Ancelotti wrote in his book Quiet Leadership.

” In addition, the president decided that he would play 3 video games with the first group as a public relations workout.”

After making his Real Madrid launching at 16, Odegaard found it difficult to break into the first string.

In 2017, he was sent out on loan to Heerenveen – where he initially struggled to find his feet.

Nevertheless, as soon as he scored his first objective in his 15th look there was no recalling and he grew from game to video game with the Germans.

The following season, Odegaard went to Holland for a year-long loan to Vitesse Arnhem.

Converted to playing on the conservative, he scored 11 times and provided 12 assists on his way to being voted the club’s player of the season for 2018-19.

Odegaard returned to Spain for the 2019-20 season with Real Sociedad, his third loan in as lots of seasons.

And he starred in San Sebastian, scoring 4 times in 31 games – ending up being a fans’ favourite with his fantastic passing – cracking in with 6 helps as well.

His type encouraged Zidane to keep Odegaard around this season, however with just 9 looks for the club (mostly from the bench) he grew frustrated by lack of first string opportunities.

Bucking the trend of the naysayers, Cristiano Ronaldo was complete of praise for Odegaard in an interview in 2015.

” You see lots of players with capacity. I will point out Martin Odegaard of Madrid for example, at 16 he’s still young however you can see he’s an extremely good gamer,” he stated.

” He’s a fantastic player, I believe he’s a young kid, he can still grow.

” He has a great future ahead. We should provide him time to learn, to take his finest choices. However I see a lot of potential in the player, he has got an excellent left foot.”

Odegaard, who has 25 caps for Norway, has actually also been applauded by Borussia Dortmund hot shot Erling Haaland as an all-star team mate.

Speaking after scoring 3 times in a 4-0 Nations League win for Norway over Romania, a game in which Odegaard teed up Haaland two times, the intense striker had plenty of appreciation of his pal.

” Yes, I can just divide it (the hat-trick) in two (and show Odegaard). It’s nice to play with Odegaard,” he told the Mail.

” It will only get better in the years to come. We are still young.”

Arsenal will be hoping Odegaard strikes the ground running and delivers the quality his fellow players believe he possesses.