Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard has been confirmed as club captain for the 2022/23 season.
The Gunners faced Sevilla in the Emirates Cup on Saturday, and the club used the occasion to announce the Norwegian will be the man who to wear the armband next term.
“We are delighted to announce that Martin Odegaard has been named our new men’s first-team captain,” a statement from Arsenal said.
“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.”
Following the exit of former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona, former Gunners striker Alexandre Lacazette unofficially took the captain’s armband.
However, following his free transfer to Lyon, the position remained vacant.
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Odegaard has been favoured over other potential candidates, including Kieran Tierney, Aaron Ramsdale, and former skipper Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal’s No. 8 is now the second youngest captain in the Premier League, with West Ham’s Declan Rice the youngest as he takes over from Mark Noble, who retired in the summer.
Bournemouth are another side with a 23-year-old captain as defender Lloyd Kelly wears the armband.
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