- Midfield linchpin Martin Odegaard will replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsenal's new captain for the upcoming season
- Odegaard, who doubled as skipper of the Norway national team, joined the Gunners in January 2021 and has since made over 60 appearances
- The 23-year-old attacker will lead Arsenal for the first time since his official appointment in his side's final pre-season game against Sevilla
Premier League side Arsenal have appointed Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard as the club's new captain ahead of the 2022-23 season.
Odegaard, formerly of Real Madrid, initially joined the Gunners on loan before going on to sign a permanent deal with the Emirates Stadium outfit and will lead Arsenal in the forthcoming season.
He succeeds Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was shipped out of the team to Barcelona in January and is expected to bring his exceptional leadership skills to the fore.
Odegaard and his teammates have enjoyed a successful pre-season, winning four of their five preparatory games including a landslide victory against London rivals Chelsea.
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The 23-year-old Norwegian international will have his first taste as Arsenal skipper against Sevilla in the annual Emirates Cup on Saturday, July 30.
A statement on the club's official website reads: "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, 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."
Footage of Mikel Arteta providing rousing speech which sparked Arsenal's resurgence last season emerges
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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that a video of Mikel Arteta giving his players an inspirational speech in the dressing room has dropped.
The video from Arsenal's All or Nothing Amazon Prime documentary captures the moment Arteta turned around the club's season with a rousing address.
According to the Daily Mail, Arteta's address came after the Gunners' difficult start to last season that had seen them lose three of their opening three Premier League games.
Source: Sports Brief News