Arsenal fans claim money from Willock sale makes £30m Odegaard a bargain

Arsenal supporters believe the sale of Joe Willock has made the signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid a bargain.

Norway captain Odegaard joined on a four-year contract on Friday for £30million after spending the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates Stadium.

He becomes the club's fourth signing of the summer after Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White, taking the club's spending over £100million.

Odegaard will wear the number eight shirt for the Gunners, the same number previously worn by his manager Mikel Arteta during his time as an Arsenal player.

Arsenal fans have pointed out that the sale of Willock to Newcastle United last week has made the deal to bring Odegaard back to the club a bargain.

Willock made his loan move to St. James Park permanent last Friday for a fee worth £25million which fans think was then reinvested into the Odegaard transfer.

One supporter took to Twitter to point it out, writing: "Odegaard minus Willock sale = circa £5/6m. That's a good piece of business."

Odegaard's arrival has, however, taken the club's spending over the £100million mark and it could still increase with Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale close to completing a £24million move to the Emirates.

New signings Lokonga and White both started the Gunners' opening match of the Premier League season as they fell to a 2-0 defeat away to newly promoted Brentford.

The defeat piles more pressure onto Arteta after Arsenal failed to qualify for European competition last season for the first time in 25 years.

He has been backed heavily in the transfer market this summer as the Spaniard continues to rebuild his squad, with Odegaard the latest piece of business.

The Norwegian playmaker spent the second half of last season on loan at the club after joining in January and went on to score twice in 20 appearances, with one coming in the North London derby against Tottenham.

Odegaard will not feature in Sunday's London derby against Chelsea, though, with the club still clearing up some Visa issues with the player.

He could, however, make his debut in the Carabao Cup next Wednesday as the Gunners travel to Championship side West Bromwich Albion in the second round.

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