Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hinted that Martin Odegaard could be the next permanent Arsenal captain after hailing the determination of the Norwagian international.
Odegaard has become an increasingly important player for the Gunners as they aim to end a five-year Champions League exile.
The 23-year-old impressed once again as Arsenal beat Brentford 2-1 on Saturday afternoon to keep pace with the Premier League top-four race.
Having spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates Stadium, Odegaard joined on a permanent deal from Real Madrid in the summer and has since scored four goals and provided the same number of assists.
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“We had a period with him where we could evaluate what Martin could bring to the club,” Arteta explained.
“We had no doubts. The club was brilliant to secure him in a really convincing way. Martin was really happy to join us because he had a really good time, he felt valued, he enjoyed what we are doing, he got a really good connection with the players and the supporters.
“He wanted to be part of the project. Since then he is getting better and better, and I am not surprised.
“The way he lives his profession, the way he likes to play football and everything he does is to become better.
“He has still a big margin. He wants it probably more than anyone else on that pitch, every single day. He will be top, top.”
The Gunners are currently without a permanent skipper after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the armband in December, prior to his exit to Barcelona.
The honour has been assumed by Alexandre Lacazette since Aubameyang’s removal, while Kieran Tierney was chosen to replace the striker as captain on Saturday following his substitution.