Arsenal skipper puts pen to paper on new deal



Arsenal have confirmed that Martin Odegaard has extended his stay at the club. 


Odegaard intially joined the Gunners in January 2021 on loan from Real Madrid, before moving permanently to the north London side later that year. The 24-year-old was then made captain last summer. 


"Our captain Martin Odegaard has signed a new long-term contract with the club," a statement read on Arsenal's official website. 


"The Norway international is now in his fourth season with us, having initially joined on loan from Real Madrid in January 2021. He was named our Player of the Season last term after a stellar campaign in which he amassed 15 goals – all in the Premier League – to jointly top our scoring charts from midfield." 


On the new deal, Odegaard said: "Signing a new contract was a really easy decision for me for lots of reasons. Mainly what we are doing right now as a club is special, and I want to be a part of that. I’m really excited for what’s to come here. I’ve found a place where I can be really settled and call my home. 


"My story is a bit different maybe, as I moved around different clubs since I was 16. At Arsenal, since the first day, I’ve felt great and this is definitely my home now. I just want to say thanks to everyone working at the club and of course, our fantastic supporters. I will continue to give everything to bring success to this club in the years to come." 



Odegaard has won possession in the attacking third more times (53) than any other player since the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season.