Arsenal won their fifth consecutive Premier League game on Sunday, with Martin Odegaard coordinating from midfield to earn more appreciation following his £30m summer arrival at Real Madrid. board.
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Martin Odegaard’s Arsenal Influence continues to grow, with the Norwegian now emerging as Mikel Arteta’s spot lieutenant.
After arriving, initially on loan in January, the former teen prodigy has become increasingly more comfortable in his new environment, with that progress quickly continuing following a permanent summer transition. .
Arteta confirmed that the Norwegian national team captain quickly assumed the role of leader after a summer draft that saw the average age of the team drop.
“I think we’re building some leadership in the team,” Arteta said on Septmeber. “It’s a really young group, with a lot of players under the age of 23.
“Martin is the captain of the national team and Sambi is the captain of Anderlecht.
“Martin is capable of doing it with his talent, taking the ball in moments where others might deny it, but also with his attitude, rhythm and the way he presses and presses. for everyone.”
And since the departure of club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubaemang in January, Odegaard has become one of the favorites to carry the armband from the start of next season.
Alexandre Lacazette is currently the Gunners captain, but he looks set to leave for free, unable to come up with a contract extension.
The Arsenal The boss revealed last month that he had been in contact with his Norwegian manager, Stale Solbakken, who had made a bright proposal about his compatriot’s leadership.
“Talk to his national team coach and how much they appreciate him. He walks through the hallways and people love him,” he said.
“He’s a nice, humble guy and he always leads his way. It’s very natural for him and it will come.
“He also created expectations at the age of 16. Everyone wanted him. And then he has to fulfill it at a club like Madrid, where there is competition like today.
“It was extremely difficult but now he has found his place. He is really happy here, he has the environment. He has the people, he has time on the pitch to spend. enjoy that and I think that’s what he’s doing.”
Odegaard has played an integral role in Arsenal’s form, which has seen them win their last five games. Premier League game – and 10 of the last 11 games, to launch them into the driver’s seat to secure top four soccer.
And watchers observed that during halftime, it was not Lacazette paired with Arteta on the touchline, but Odegaard, whose job it was to relay the message to his teammates.
It is a ploy that is reaping huge profits for the Gunners and Odegaard in particular, after taking center stage in Arsenal’s most recent league success, a 2-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday.
Regarding the captain’s performance in fact, Arteta told reporters: “He was fantastic in every aspect of the game. He has come a long way since his arrival. He is showing great maturity on the pitch. He makes other players better. ”
What once appeared to be an election with multiple candidates deciding who should be the next captain can quickly become a one-horse race.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsenal-martin-odegaard-role-arteta-26458115 Martin Odegaard has been given an unofficial role by Mikel Arteta at Arsenal