Martin Odegaard discusses prospect of becoming Arsenal’s next captain amid club turmoil

Odegaard has been hailed for his leadership qualities – which could come in handy as Arsenal bid to put their awful Premier League start behind them against Norwich on Saturday

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Martin Odegaard has given his verdict on the prospect of becoming Arsenal captain as the Gunners bid to turn around their worst ever start to a Premier League season.

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Arsenal host Norwich this weekend with Mikel Arteta under pressure after his side lost their first three league games without scoring a goal.

Odegaard only played one of those games – the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City – having signed from Real Madrid too late to feature against Brentford or Chelsea.

But he impressed in his first appearance of the season as Arsenal thrashed West Brom 6-0 in the Carabao Cup, and will hope he can inspire his new side to turn their fortunes around against the Canaries.

At just 22 years old, Odegaard has already captained Norway, while has leadership qualities have been hailed by both Arteta and his midfield team-mate Mohamed Elneny.

Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey training ahead of Saturday's clash against Norwich
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Back in March, Arteta said he was "not surprised" Odegaard had been handed the captain's armband by his country, adding: "He’s got this personality, he’s a really humble and easygoing guy but at the same time, he’s very, very professional and very dedicated.

"He leads by example, which normally a captain should do.”

Elneny said of his team-mate: “You always see him coaching players, outside of the dressing room as well.

“He talks all the time about the game and what we are going to do. He has the personality to be a captain.”

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Odegaard was whether he sees himself as a future Arsenal captain ahead of the game against Norwich.

"It would be a great honour if the opportunity came, but right now I’m focusing on the present and improving the performances of the club," he said.

That starts with Saturday's Emirates clash against a team who have also lost their first three games, but are on place above Arsenal by virtue of having scored a single goal.

And while the Gunners go into the clash rock bottom of the table, Odegaard is confident they can soon turn their fortunes around – with the midfielder targeting a return to the Champions League.

Quizzed on his ambitions at Arsenal, Odegaard told Sky Sports : "To get the club up the table, near the top of the league and fight for European football and fight for trophies.

"I think for this season obviously we want to get back to European football. That will be important for us, the players, the club and the fans.

"Then hopefully with time, win trophies, Champions League and hopefully win the league within a couple of years."

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