Coach Mikel Arteta has named Norwegian Martin Odegaard as Arsenal captain for the 2022/23 football season. Ghana’s Thomas Partey who was widely tipped to be named captain missed out.
An official statement from the club reads:
“We are delighted to announce that Martin Odegaard has been named our new men’s first-team captain,”
“The 23-year-old has made a huge impact since arriving at Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid in January 2021, initially on loan, and has gone on to play 60 times and scoring nine goals,”
“Odegaard has experience of wearing the armband, having been Norway captain since March 2021, whom he has won 43 caps for,”
“We wish Martin every success as our captain. We will have more on the appointment here after today’s match,”
On 27 January 2021, Ødegaard joined English club Arsenal on a loan deal until the end of the season. Three days later, he made his debut against rivals Manchester United in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute.
The Gunners made his loan deal permanent on 20 August 2021.