Martin Odegaard has been named Arsenal’s captain for the upcoming Premier League season.
The Gunners were without a first-team captain after Alexandre Lacazette, who replaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season, joined Lyon.
Odegaard was expected to take his place, with manager Mikel Arteta saying earlier this month, “The captaincy will be decided pretty soon.”
“Martin has a lot of qualities that we want in a captain,” he added.
🥁 Introducing our new captain…
𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝗱𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗮𝗿𝗱! 😍
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 30, 2022
Odegaard, Norway’s captain, was named Arteta’s captain on Saturday, ahead of Arsenal’s final pre-season friendly against Sevilla in the Emirates Cup.
“We are delighted to announce that Martin Odegaard has been appointed as our new men’s first-team captain,” Arsenal said in a statement.
“The 23-year-old has made a huge impact since joining Emirates Stadium on loan from Real Madrid in January 2021, playing 60 times and scoring nine goals.”
Since his Gunners debut, the midfielder has made 50 Premier League appearances and is third in both starts (41) and minutes played (3,657).
In the league, he has eight goals and six assists for the London club.
Odegaard has been preferred over other candidates such as Kieran Tierney, Aaron Ramsdale, and former captain Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal’s No. 8 is now the Premier League’s second youngest captain, with West Ham’s Declan Rice taking over from Mark Noble, who retired in the summer.