Martin Odegaard: Arsenal midfielder says ‘leadership’ role ‘brings out the best’ in young squad

Martin Odegaard: Arsenal midfielder says ‘leadership’ role ‘brings out the best’ in young squad

Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard
Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard was named captain against Everton at the weekend

Martin Odegaard says young players playing leadership roles “bring the best” out of Arsenal’s squad.

Manager Mikel Arteta is looking to appoint a new captain following the departure of Alexandre Lacazette at Lyon.

Asked about his leadership qualities, Odegaard told BBC Sport: “I think I’ve probably developed that quality a bit with time and experience.”

She added: “I’ve been through a lot, ups and downs and I think everything makes you stronger.”

Odegaard, who already captains his country, is one of many young talents at the club, including Bukayo Saka, 20, Emil Smith Rowe, 21 and Gabriel Martinelli, 21.

Arteta also added a midfielder Fabio Vieira22, and striker Gabriel is Jesus25, this summer.

Odegaard believes the current squad has “already gained a lot of experience” and describes his young teammates as “big, big talent”.

He gained significant experience from a young age, becoming Norway’s youngest ever senior international when he made his debut at the age of 15 years and 253 days in a friendly against the United Arab Emirates in August 2014, four months after making his senior club debut with Stromsgodset. his native land.

He joined Real Madrid in 2015 and spent time on loan at Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad before joining Arsenal in 2021.

Odegaard said he has played “a lot of games at a high level” and can “share that experience” with his teammates.

He said: “I feel more confident and more calm on the pitch so I try to use it in a good way and try to do what’s best for the team.

“I think everyone here expects you to take that leadership even though you’re young.

“It brings out the best in young people, so of course I think everyone here feels they have to be their best and they have to be a part of everything we have and take ownership of it.”

Arsenal, who missed out on a Champions League spot after finishing fifth in the Premier League last season, are currently on a pre-season tour of the United States. game Against Orlando City and Chelsea this week.

Odegaard added: “I know we have a big fanbase here and a big support so it’s nice to come here and play in front of them and then and hopefully make them happy with the games and give them some good moments.

“When you travel like this, you see how big the club is and then you see our support around the world.”

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