Arsenal’s captain, Martin Odegaard, has extended his contract with the club, committing to a five-year deal to see him remain there until June 30, 2028.
Odegaard initially joined Arsenal from Real Madrid two seasons ago, signing a four-year deal with a 12-month extension option. He had made history as Real Madrid’s youngest player when he joined the Spanish La Liga giants at the age of 16, and he also became Norway’s youngest international player at just 15 years and 253 days old.
During his time at Real Madrid, Odegaard struggled to secure a permanent place in the squad and had loan spells at Dutch clubs Heerenveen and, Vitesse and Real Sociedad in Spain before moving to north London in January 2021.
Since joining Arsenal, the 24-year-old Norwegian midfielder has made 112 appearances in all competitions, scoring 27 goals and providing 15 assists.
Commenting on his contract renewal, Odegaard expressed his excitement, saying, “Signing a new contract was a straightforward decision for many reasons. Mainly, what we are doing 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 to settle and call my home.”
Odegaard, who also serves as the captain of Norway’s national team, has already played seven games for Arsenal this season, netting three goals.
The midfielder is expected to lead Arsenal in their first North London derby of the season against their rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, on Sunday, September 24.
Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, expressed his delight at Odegaard’s contract extension, describing it as great news for the club. Arteta praised Odegaard’s leadership qualities, professionalism, and the positive impact he brings on and off the field.
This contract extension solidifies Odegaard’s commitment to Arsenal and marks a significant step in the club’s continued journey with the talented midfielder.
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