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Martin Odegaard becomes captain of Arsenal

Arsenal Tielemans

Martin Odegaard is going to lead the team as Arsenal have chose him as the captain for the season. Arsenal have made a statement which reveals Odegaard is going to lead the team for the 2022/23 season. Odegaard becomes the second youngest player to captain a Premier League side.

“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.”

Odegaard Preferred over others for Arsenal captaincy

Arsenal did not have a captain last season as their former skipper Pierre Emerick Aubameyang left the club for Barcelona. Following his exit, Alexandre Lacazette took over the captaincy duties last season. However he was out of form last season and was out of the side in the last leg of the season. Eddie Nketiah was the preferred player for Mikel Arteta over Lacazette. Moreover Lacazette has left the club and has returned to his former club Lyon which rules out the possibility of making him club captain.

Odegaard is younger and less experienced in comparisons with the likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Granit Xhaka and Kiernan Tierney. Odegaard is officially the second youngest captain in the Premier League. Declan Rice is the youngest as he took over the reigns from Mark Noble as he retired in the Summer. Odegaard was always considered to lead the team and many player including the manager had spoken about it before.

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