Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Martin Odegaard on his birthday.
The Norwegian has been in tremendous form over the last few weeks. He has scored three goals in his last four games and has become one of our most important players.
Arteta was quizzed about the former Real Madrid man and he believes that Odegaard is almost the ‘perfect professional’ He also labelled the midfielder as ‘tremendous’ and a ‘natural leader’.
Arteta: Odegaard is a tremendous player
The Spaniard said, as per Arsenal.com: “He’s very, very young but he’s already had a lot of experience in different clubs, in international football.
“I agree that in the last few weeks he’s getting very close to his best level. The ceiling for him, I don’t know where it is, with the talent that he has, the desire that he has, how much he wants to always improve and get better. We’ve got a tremendous player there.
“He is a natural leader. If you look for the perfect professional, he wouldn’t be very far from that.”
Could Odegaard be the next Arsenal skipper?
The Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang situation hasn’t been ideal at all for Arsenal, but Arteta is adamant that he had no choice but to do what he did. That leaves us without a club captain, and Odegaard wouldn’t be a bad option.
The Norwegian has been at Arsenal for almost a year now and he has performed really well. His attitude, commitment and the way he stands up to take responsibility on the pitch make him a joy to watch.
Odegaard is currently the captain of the Norway national team as well. He knows what it feels like to wear the armband and he has been around some of the biggest names in football in his career too.
Arteta isn’t expected to announce a new skipper until the end of the season. When he does, it won’t be a surprise to see him turn to Odegaard.