MARTIN ODEGAARD has put the accent on making a big name for himself at Arsenal… by showing fans how to pronounce his tricky moniker.
Arsenal fitness coach Sam Wilson checks out new boy Martin OdegaardCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Gunners’ loanee Martin Odegaard hopes to be in the squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Man UtdCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Norwegian Martin Odegaard is now in his fourth loan spell away from Real MadridCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ok, OK, he said it in two different ways.
The authentic first version as per his homeland, was pronounced like: “ERDER-GERD”.
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And, perhaps anticipating how it will be said in Britain, his smile grew bigger as he unleashed the second pronunciation – similar to “ODOUR-GUARD”..
So he will be hoping he is a shoe-in at Arsenal for a regular spot for the rest of the season…
But now let’s see if, over the rest of the season, his name is pronounced properly.. or how Odegaard imagines we imagine it is!
Real have previously loaned the 22-year-old to Heerenveen,Vitesse and Real Sociedad since signing him six years ago.
But despite Odegaard failing to break through for the Spanish giants, Emirates boss Mikel Arteta is confident he can handle the Premier League.
Arteta said: It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season.
“Although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while.
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“Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans.
And Arsenal’s technical director Edu insisted: “Martin is an exceptional talent.”
The Gunners are Arsenal are expected to pay a loan fee of around £1.8million, plus Odegaard’s £38,000-a-week wages.