New Arsenal signing Marting Odegaard has revealed he grew up watching the Premier League and was a huge fan of the club.
The 22-year-old completed a move from Real Madrid on Monday morning, which will last until at least the end of the season.
In his first interview as a Gunner, the Norwegian further revealed he was a big fan of Cesc Fabregas, who is currently playing in France.
“In Norway, the Premier League is really big,” Odegaard told Arsenal.com. “Since I was a little kid there, we always watched all the games, me and my friends.
“I think it's the biggest league, especially in Norway, so for me, it's always been a dream to play in the Premier League and I always liked the way Arsenal played and everything about the club. So it's a dream come true in many ways.
“There were a lot [of Arsenal players I admired]. But I think Fabregas, for me, was one of my idols when I grew up. So especially him.
“The way he controls the game, the way he dictated the game, his ability to give assists and also score goals. Everything about his game. I tried to learn as much as possible when I grew up watching him. He was the top player.”
Odegaard now has the chance to emulate the former Arsenal playmaker, who also played for Barcelona and Chelsea during a hugely successful career.