Arsenal star and ex-skipper Granit Xhaka has publicly backed his teammate Martin Odegaard to don the armband for the Gunners.
Following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after the Gabon international was stripped of the captaincy in 2021, manager Mikel Arteta bestowed the responsibility onto the French attacker Alexandre Lacazette.
However, he has only struck two goals from open play in the Premier League this season and was recently dropped from the team in favour of Eddie Nketiah, while his deal is also up in June.
With Alexandre widely expected to leave as a free agent, the Spaniard will name a new permanent captain ahead of the 2022-23 term after recently relying on a crop of first-team players to share responsibility.
Martin only arrived at the Emirates Stadium outfit permanently in last year’s transfer window and is still only 23 years of age, but Odegaard has captained his country’s national team since 2021 and has worn the armband in Arsenal’s last four division games.
He has captained the team to victories over West Ham United, Manchester United and Chelsea in the past few weeks, and the Switzerland international believes that the attacking midfielder possesses the “DNA” to lead the team on a permanent basis.
“He is the future of this club. He’s already captain when Alexandre Lacazette does not play. He can be very proud of himself,” he told TV2.
“You can see how far he has come in his head, mentally. He is very young, only 23, but in how he behaves and is on the field, he looks like he’s 30. It looks like he has already played 500 or 600 games.
“He can definitely become Arsenal captain. He has the DNA in him. He works as hard every day as if he were in a fight. He does a lot of extra work. He is humble. Everyone in the dressing room listens to him. Why not?
“He is very humble, he is quiet as a person, he is not someone who talks a lot, and he does not talk very loudly. But when he says something, the message comes very clearly to us players. That’s the key. It makes him very special.”