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Ødegaard linked to future captaincy status at Arsenal amid praise


ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Arsenal unveils new loan signed by Martin Odegaard at London Colney on January 27, 2021 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Ødegaard’s impact on Arsenal goes beyond just creating opportunities

When Arsenal sealed a full deal for Real Madrid’s Norwegian star Martin Ødegaard, the Gunners’ faithful greeted the news with expected adulation and excitement.

The academy product Strømgodset has come to life in the Emirates quite well since its first season in the second half of last season on loan. Such was his impact both on and off the pitch, and his ability to impress Mikel Arteta so immediately, that the Norwegian international was always seen as Arsenal’s primary target during a successful summer window.

Arsenal midfielder targeted for potential captain role with Mikel Arteta

Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard applauds the fans after the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London. Picture date: Sunday, May 23, 2021 (Photo by Alastair Grant / PA Images via Getty Images)

But Ødegaard was desired for more than his technical grace, his eye for a created opportunity or a high ceiling of potential, and Arteta himself weighed in on the matter in March;

“He has this personality, he’s a very humble and tolerant guy, but at the same time, he’s very, very professional and very dedicated. He leads by example, what a captain should normally do. “

The Arsenal manager was also not surprised when Ødegaard was named captain of the Norwegian national team despite his tender age of 22; a clear sign that his desirable qualities extend beyond his ability with a soccer ball.

His teammate Mohamed Elneny, highly experienced in his own right, was also cited with praise from the highly touted creative midfielder;

“You always see him training players, also outside the dressing room. He talks all the time about the game and what we are going to do. He has the personality to be a captain. “

With current captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a contract ending in 2023, the stars appear to be lining up so that Ødegaard, who would then be 24 years old, will assume the key leadership role as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

The midfielder reacts to the captain’s speculation and admits European ambition

When asked if he could see himself as a future captain at Arsenal, Ødegaard responded humbly but with his eyes fully focused on the immediate task at hand;

“It would be a great honor if the opportunity came, but right now I am focusing on the present and improving the performance of the club.”

Despite their signing and other additions via Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Sambi Lokonga, Aaron Ramsdale and Nuno Tavares, Arsenal are currently languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table, but the current situation has not deterred the young man of his final goals. going forward.

Ødegaard remained firmly determined that Arsenal begin their rise back to European places through national play, while the long-term goals included winning major honors for the club, including the Champions League.

It is this level of ambition that is certainly needed in a club that has lost its way in recent seasons, and it certainly seems Ødegaard is prepared to turn the club on its back and get it out of the mud if necessary.

Note: All quotes come from Mirror


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