Martin Odegaard completes Arsenal medical – but is now set to miss Chelsea clash

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Martin Odegaard has completed his medical ahead of a move to Arsenal but is set to miss this weekend's Premier League clash against Chelsea.

SkySports report that the Norwegian is in London and doctors see no issues with his fitness but he is unlikely to take part in Sunday's London derby because his visa application process is ongoing.

Arsenal on Wednesday were reported to have struck a deal with Real Madrid for a fee of £30m plus bonuses, bringing the total to £34m.

The 22-year-old midfielder is set to join the Gunners on a five-year-contract, having impressed manager Mikel Arteta during his loan spell at the Emirates earlier this year.

Odegaard had enjoyed a full pre-season with Carlo Ancelotti's side but was left out of the manager's squad list in Real Madrid''s La Liga opener against Alaves on the weekend, fuelling rumours that a permanent move to North London was imminent.

Arsenal had made their intention of signing the player clear from the start of the window, with transfers expert Fabrizio Romano claiming it was part of Arteta's strategy to leave it late before finalising a deal for the player.

The Arsenal boss commented in May following Odegaard's loan deal: "We have a very clear and strong opinion on what we would like to do.

"He has adapted really well to our way of playing and to our football. Hopefully we have given him the hope and the feeling this could be a good place for him."

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The playmaker's absence from the game against Chelsea on Sunday will come as a huge blow to Arteta, who would have had one eye on his availability.

Arsenal struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities in their league opener against Brentford last Friday where the side would have undoubtedly benefitted from the midfielder's intricate passing and ball retention.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is set to become an Arsenal player and is currently undergoing his medical at the club's facilities.

The 23-year-old is expected to be in Sunday's squad after the Gunners agreed a £24million initial transfer fee plus £6million in add-ons with Sheffield United.

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