Pundit backs major Mikel Arteta team decision

Noel Whelan believes Mikel Arteta has picked the right captain for his Arsenal team after he made Martin Odegaard the permanent armband wearer at the Emirates.

The Norwegian joined the Gunners just a season ago after initially spending six months with them on loan.

Arsenal’s last few captains have had one issue or another, which made them unfit to wear the armband.

This made picking the next skipper a very hard job, but someone had to do it.

Arteta has now made Odegaard the new leader, considering that he has been an exemplary figure on and off the pitch.

Whelan believes he is the perfect man for the job, telling Football Insider:

“He’s someone that will be respected and looked up to by the younger players, and maybe even some of the older guard.

“The way he handles himself on and off the pitch and on the training ground means that he’s obviously a character that Arteta trusts.

“That’s what you do. Give the armband to someone who has the trust and the ear of the whole dressing room, someone who isn’t afraid to have a word here or there.”

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Odegaard has been one of our best players since he joined the club, and he is already the captain of the Norway national team.

He knows what the responsibilities of the job are, and we can trust him to be one of the best captains we have had in some time.

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  1. Am not so sure, before the captaincy he was playing well but his first game as a captain was horrible

  2. To lightweight for me ,looks great on the ball but gets brushed aside and passed by to easily with him lack of physically and pace ,against the better teams he will get showed up as what happened last season ,and he was probably the worst player on the pitch against palace ,but for some reason Arteta had made him captain so he will be first on the teamsheet this season so my opinion means nothing as it does everything I post as I’m not the expert.
    Still the weakest link in the team though IMO along with Artetas other favourite Xhaka ,even though he played really well on Friday .

  3. I maintain this guy along with ESR are a KDB type of player with their passing,playmaking,pressing and precise shooting skills are already top notch at such a young age any wise fan will know this cos KDB himself was’nt this good at 23 so patience i’ll urge you JA kidos.chelsea are still regretting their decision till tomorrow,take heed and cheer on our new skipper.

  4. Great player, never goes hiding closed players down into the 90th minute until subbed. Most people could see he would be captain material, forward to this season guess what, he’s made captain! He did not have he’s most influential game nor Did
    Saka, but no big deal all players have bad games or drop in form. One criticism is he should shoot once in the box more often……

  5. Ozil part 2 with added pressing. A pleasant chap, no doubt, but lacks the ability to dominate the game in the middle of the park, especially against tough opponents. At best, a useful 75th minute substitute when the opponents are tired.

  6. I really don’t know what’s wrong with us fans. Yes he wasn’t that influential again CP but he never hid, and kept running throughout the match. Why don’t we go ahead and sign superman as his replacement coz at this rate, no one will be good enough for the almighty arsenal

  7. Problem is different players respond well to different types of leadership. Some function better under an enforcer like Roy Keane and other’s are fine to have a captain that just leads by example like Gilberto when he was captain/vice

    I like a captain that players don’t want to let down regardless of their style and that will put players in their place when out of line. I don’t think Ode is this type of captain so for me he’s not the right captain for us.

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