Erling Haaland hails 'big club' Arsenal's Martin Odegaard transfer as Dortmund ace urges Arteta to give him game time

BORUSSIA DORTMUND striker Erling Haaland has praised his Norwegian compatriot Martin Odegaard's loan move to Arsenal.

The Gunners announced the arrival of the 22-year-old earlier on Wedesnday, with the Real Madrid man penning a deal until the end of the season.

Odegaard – who will battle Emile Smith Rowe for the No10 role at the Emirates – is now in contention to make his debut against Manchester United on Saturday.

And Haaland has urged Gunners boss Mikel Arteta to give him regular minutes, as he will then get the best out of the ex-Real Sociedad loanee.

Speaking to Norwegian news outlet VG, he said: "It will be interesting. Arsenal are a big club in England.

"It’s a bit different football, but I think he can fit in well with Mikel Arteta in the No10 role.

"He can enjoy himself there. He has to get in there and simply start playing games.

"That’s what he needs. We know how good Odegaard can be.

"When he gains confidence with the ball, we know that the most incredible things can happen."

Odegaard – who has been handed the No11 jersey in North London – has revealed that Arteta was influential in his decision to make the move to England.

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He told Arsenal's website: "I spoke to him before coming here, of course.

"That was very important for me and he seems like a top manager and I liked his ideas, the way he sees football and also the way he is.

"He gave me a great feeling and that was important for me to come here. He was crucial.

"I think every time you go to a new place, you want to make sure that it feels good and that there is a plan. But I think everything here just seems good.

"I like the club and I always liked the way that the club wants to play.

"Everything about the club and now how the manager wants to play, I think it’s a club that really suits me well. So I think it’s a good match."

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