Martin Odegaard has been tipped as a future Arsenal captain and the midfielder is excited about what is happening at the club he left Real Madrid to join.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on January 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 23: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on January 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

When Martin Odegaard signed on loan last year, few expected Real Madrid to part with him permanently.

Fewer still expected Arsenal, languishing outside of the European spots, to be able to attract him permanently.

Not only did Mikel Arteta manage to do just that, he got him for the cost of one Joe Willock plus £5m.

With four goals and four assists in 20 matches, Odegaard has started to find his rhythm in this Arsenal side, his quiet influence becoming ever more apparent each week.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, the Norwegian couldn’t be happier nor more excited.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal battles for possession with Aaron Lennon of Burnley during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on January 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 23: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal battles for possession with Aaron Lennon of Burnley during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on January 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“I think we’re a very, very interesting group: a lot of young players, and a lot of hungry players,” Odegaard said. “I feel like we’re building something special here with all the players and the staff.

“It’s really interesting what we’re trying to do and I’m happy with the situation, very happy to be part of the team and hopefully we can keep improving and get better each game. Then we’ll see where it takes us.

“It helps me, to be around players in the same situation [in terms of age],” he added.

“I’ve been through a lot, even though I’m pretty young. In this team I’m not the youngest anymore and I have some experience and I can use that in a positive way, and help the other young players.

“We’re a great group, we have a lot of big young talents but also some more experienced players, I think the mix is good and the team is very hungry.

“It’s really nice to be part of the team.”

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