Earlier today, Martin Odegaard was officially named captain of Arsenal Football Club.
The Norwegian takes over full-time after the captaincy was handed short-term to Alexandre Lacazette last season, following the removal of it from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Speaking after the Gunners impressive 6-0 win over Sevilla in the Emirates Cup, the 23 year old spoke about the honour, but insisted that leadership isn’t simply his responsibility.
“It’s a big moment for me and I’m very proud to be captain of this fantastic football club,” he told the official website.
“Of course I was happy, proud and grateful for the trust and for him wanting me to be the captain. That’s a big achievement for me and it’s nice to be part of such a good team, so I’m going to enjoy that.”
Like others before him, Mikel Arteta has spoken about the need for shared leadership, and Odegaard continued, “Yeah of course it’s important that we all take leadership, it’s not just about me or a few people but I think everyone needs to take the leadership and do what’s best for the team, so everyone has to do that.”
And after a good pre-season, the new skipper sounded a positive note heading into the new campaign.
“I think the confidence is obviously high,” he said. We’ve had some good games, we’ve beaten two good teams now lately, and we’re playing well, so of course we have a good feeling.
“But we have to stay calm, we have to stay humble, and keep working hard. We know it’s not going to be easy so we have to keep working hard and always be on our toes.
“That’s what it’s all about, to push everyday.