Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will almost certainly need to appoint a new captain at the end of the season, when current captain Alexandre Lacazette’s contract expires.
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But Lacazette is out of contract this summer and he will most likely not renew at the Emirates, so Arteta will almost certainly need to pick a new frontman in the near future.
Odegaard, £30 million from Real Madrid Last year, he proved his credibility when he was appointed captain of the Norwegian team.
Arteta has spoken to Norwegian manager Stale Solbakken about the 23-year-old and is confident he can take on a similar role at club level.
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Arsenal boss discussed captaincy after Granit Xhaka, another former captain exempt from his dutiesit seems refuse the captain’s armband after Lacazette was brought on for Saturday’s game against Brentford.
Arteta was asked if Odegaard could take the cloak after 2-1 win in the Premier League and replied: “He certainly has all the qualities to do it, absolutely possible.
“Talk to his national team coach and how much they appreciate him. He walks through the hallways and everyone loves him.
“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 spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal, convincing club leaders to pursue a permanent transfer with his eye-catching performance in the No 10 role.
He has four goals and four assists to his name in the current campaign, leaving Arteta in no doubt he is “getting better and better”.
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“Martin is really happy to join us because he had a really good time, he feels appreciated, he likes what we’re doing, he’s connected. really good to the players and supporters,” the Spaniard added.
“He wanted to be a part of the project. Since then he’s gotten better and better, and I’m not surprised.
“The way he lives his career, the way he enjoys playing football and everything he does is to get better.
“He still has a big margin. He wants that probably more than anyone else on that pitch, every day. He’s going to be top, top.”
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