Arsenal have announced that Martin Odegaard has been appointed as the club’s new captain. The 23-year-old only joined the Gunners in 2021 although has made a big impact during his time in England and Mikel Arteta has decided to reward him with the armband.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Odegaard joined Arsenal in January 2021, initially on a loan deal as he struggled for regular football at the Bernabeu.
The Norwegian impressed in his first six months as a Gunner and that prompted Arteta to sign him on a permanent £30 million ($41m) deal in the summer of that year.
His form dipped at the start of the 2021-22 season, although he improved in the second half of the campaign and became a regular in the starting XI – scoring in the final-day 5-1 win over Everton.
Odegaard also has experience of captaining at international level, with the 23-year-old having been wearing the armband for the Norway national team since March 2021.
Before the official announcement, Odegaard had been made captain for matches during the Gunners’ pre-season tour of the USA.
🥁 Introducing our new captain… 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝗱𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗮𝗿𝗱! 😍