- Arsenal's No.8 Martin Odegaard has officially been named the club's new captain for the 2022/23 season
- Odegaard, who is aged just 23, now becomes the second-youngest captain in the Premier League
- West Ham United skipper Declan Rice is the youngest captain in the English top flight, with the Englishman landing the role after Mark Noble's exit
Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard has become the Premier League's second-youngest captain.
Odegaard will be replacing Alexander Lacazette, who departed the Emirates Stadium this summer after the expiry of his contract.
The Gunners played Sevilla in their final pre-season fixture on Saturday, July 30, and used the occasion to unveil Odegaard as the club's new captain.
“We are delighted to announce that Martin Odegaard has been named our new men’s first-team captain,” a statement from Arsenal said.
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“Odegaard has experience of wearing the armband, having been Norway captain since March 2021, whom he has won 43 caps for," the statement added.
Martin Odegaard beats Kieran Tierney, others to land Arsenal captaincy role
According to talkSPORT, Odegaard beat a number of candidates to land Arsenal's captaincy role.
The publication claims that the Norway international has been favoured over other potential candidates.
Kieran Tierney, Aaron Ramsdale, and former skipper Granit Xhaka had all been backed to get the armband.
At 23, Odegaard now becomes the second youngest captain in the Premier League alongside Bournemouth's Lloyd Kelly, who is also aged 23.
West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is currently the youngest skipper in the English top-flight after he took over from Mark Noble, who retired in the summer.
Arsenal star delighted to make Emirates return
The 21-year-old French defender was signed by the Gunners in 2019 but struggled to win over Arteta's trust.
However, the ex-Saint Etienne star is set to get a lifeline at the Emirates in the upcoming season following his return to Arsenal.