Martin Odegaard cannot escape his biggest critics despite key performances for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta leans on his new captain. The challenge for Martin Odegaard at the beginning of the season was to score more goals and create more assists. Despite having a strong campaign in the eyes of most, he still has his doubters and unless he starts to add more to his raw numbers tally, these questions will not diminish.
The Gunners looked overjoyed to beat Leicester but one celebration showed the true stance. "We want to take our culture and our demands, and who do we want to be as a club and how we want to represent this club to a different level," said Mikel Arteta after breaking the news that former-Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was being stripped of his leadership role.
Granit Xhaka 'handed leadership role in Mikel Arteta's new-look Arsenal side' two years after being axed as captain by Unai Emery... with Gabriel Jesus 'also nominated to support Martin Odegaard this season'
Granit Xhaka will serve as a squad leader for Mikel Arteta's side The 29-year-old briefly served as club captain under Unai Emery Xhaka was stripped of his role after an incident at Crystal Palace in 2019 New-signing Gabriel Jesus will also serve in a leadership role at the Emirates Granit Xhaka has been given a leadership role within Mikel Arteta's squad as Arsenal look to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign.
Arsenal have appointed a new captain in Martin Odegaard and the Norwegian's actions with Mikel Arteta following their opening goal were telling Martin Odegaard has taken on the mantle of wearing the armband at Arsenal this season and is clearly focused on the role. The Norwegian has succeeded Alexandre Lacazette, who was the captain after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's departure in January, and is determined to do it justice - which was evident as the Gunners opened the scoring in their win over Leicester City.
Martin Odegaard is working on his partnership with Arsenal summer signing Gabriel Jesus. The Norwegian playmaker revealed his short-term aim in his first captain's notes for the official programme ahead of this weekend's game against Leicester City. He wrote: "All the new players have settled well so far, and I know that it's important that I build a good understanding with Gabriel Jesus early as well.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a shock return to the Premier League this summer, with rivals Chelsea interested in signing the former Arsenal striker Mikel Arteta has spoken out on the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saga that saw the Gabonese striker leave Arsenal in a shock move to Barcelona in January.
Paul Merson believes Arsenal will be ‘in trouble’ if any of their first-choice front four get injured this season. The Gunners signed Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City this summer to reinforce Mikel Arteta’s options up front after the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Latest Nottingham Forest news from NottinghamshireLive as behind-the-scenes footage shows Mikel Arteta frustration at City Ground Unseen footage from Arsenal's Amazon Prime "All or Nothing" documentary has shown Mikel Arteta in an explosive rant after January's FA Cup defeat against Nottingham Forest. Steve Cooper's side knocked the Gunners out of the domestic competition at the start of the year after Lewis Grabban tucked home Ryan Yates' cross in the 83rd minute with Arsenal struggling to break the Reds down despite having Bukayo Sako, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli on the pitch.
Arsenal in ‘trouble’ unless new signings made in attack, says Paul Merson as he makes Leicester prediction
Alack of squad depth could be the issue that holds back Arsenal this season, fears Paul Merson. The former Gunners star is a big fan of the attack that led the line against Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener as Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka impressed.
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard predicts Mikel Arteta will lead the Gunners to qualify for the Champions League this season. THE LOWDOWN: A RETURN TO EUROPE Despite being close to what would have been a perfect season, Arsenal endured a frustrating climax to the 2021/22 season The Emirates Stadium outfit were still in the Premier League top-four with just three games to go.
One scene in the documentary sees Arteta fire up high-powered speakers to blast out the fans' rendition of Liverpool anthem You'll Never Walk Alone in a bid to replicate the atmosphere at Anfield ahead of The Gunners' trip to Merseyside. Watch All or Nothing: Arsenal with a free trial of Amazon Prime Video
After winning their Premier League opener away to Crystal Palace, Arsenal might still have some more work to do before the transfer window shuts in early September Arsenal have made the perfect start to their Premier League campaign after last season's fifth-place finish. A 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on the opening weekend is a far cry from one year ago, when the Gunners lost their first three games of the season.
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard says he doesn't feel pressure leading the club this season. Odegaard will expect to play a leading role in Arsenal's push for Champions League football and has the added responsibility now of being the team's captain. The midfielder already captains his country, Norway, and was given the armband at Arsenal this summer following Alexandre Lacazette's departure.
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard admits Champions League qualification is their target this season. The Gunners were in pole position, but fell at the final hurdle as they lost to Tottenham and Newcastle in their final three Premier League games. “Yeah of course it's a big thing for us," said Odegaard.
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard says former Manchester City pair Gabriel Jesus and Oleks Zinchenko has brought a new mentality. Odegaard has been impressed by their impact on the pitch, also citing the new attitude they are bringing to the dressing room. “Gabi and Alex, coming from Man City, are used to winning trophies and playing for the best teams in the world for a few years.
Martin Odegaard was recently named Arsenal‘s captain and Rio Ferdinand believes that responsibility could affect the Norwegian. THE LOWDOWN: BIG RESPONSIBILITY Since joining Arsenal permanently last summer, Odegaard has become a key player for Mikel Arteta, justifying the €40m fee that the Gunners paid Real Madrid for his services.
Rio Ferdinand isn’t sure that Martin Odegaard will benefit from being Arsenal captain this season with signs it is already weighing heavy on him. The Gunners beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Friday night to open the new Premier League campaign with Arsenal especially impressive during the first half an hour of proceedings.