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Arsenal signing Odegaard admits growing up idolising Cesc

Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard admits he grew up idolising Cesc Fabregas.

The Real Madrid midfielder has joined the Gunners on-loan to the end of the season.

“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."

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