Martin Odegaard is named Arsenal captain as Mikel Arteta looks to kickstart a new era at the Emirates under the Norwegian playmaker… but will the curse of the armband follow him like Aubameyang and Xhaka?
Arsenal have announced midfielder Martin Odegaard will be the club’s new captain.
The 23-year-old lead the team out on a few occasions last season but will now permanently take the role over from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who departed in January.
A statement released by Arsenal says: ‘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.’
More to follow…