In excellent news, Arsenal have confirmed that Martin Odegaard has signed a new contract.
The Gunners had an option to extend the Norway international’s existing deal through until 2026 but Edu and Mikel Arteta have been keen to reward the club’s player of the season with a pay deal that reflects his importance to the first team.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the new terms commit Odegaard to Arsenal until 2028.
Odegaard has scored 27 goals and made 15 assists in 112 appearances for Arsenal. He initially joined the club on loan from Real Madrid before signing permanently for £35 million in August 2021; a deal that now looks like an absolute steal.
Ahead of last season, the 24-year-old was appointed club captain – a role he has performed diligently on and off the pitch – and last week he made the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or; fitting recognition of a stellar 12 months.
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On his decision to extend, 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.”
Congratulations to Martin. Now attention turns to the North London derby. Another goal against Sp*rs wouldn’t be a bad way to celebrate.