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Why Martin Odegaard is unlikely to feature for Arsenal against Chelsea

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Why Martin Odegaard is unlikely to feature for Arsenal against Chelsea

Arsenal sign Odegaard

Arsenal’s creative woes from last season have been addressed somewhat, as Martin Odegaard is set to rejoin the club from Real Madrid, this time on a permanent basis.

The Norwegian spent the latter half of last season on loan at the Emirates, but has been convinced to make the switch permanent ahead of the upcoming season. He will join the club in addition to goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who is set to make a big-money switch from Sheffield United.

Unlikely to face Chelsea

It had been hoped that Arsenal would be able to field Odegaard in their tie against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, with the Guardian journalist Freddie Paxton reporting that he would make the cut.

However, this no longer seems to be the case. Despite being double vaccinated and thus not having to quarantine, Football.London journalist Chris Wheatley now reports that Odegaard is “unlikely” to be ready to face the Blues.

This is a result of the Norwegian waiting on a visa to be granted for him to play in England once again. Arsenal have until midday on Friday to register the 22-year-old to play, but judging from the latest update, it isn’t looking promising.

However, there will be no such problems for Ramsdale, who is expected to take his place on the bench for the encounter.

Just how big of a blow could the lack of Odegaard prove to be?

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