Odegaard billed as captain material at Arsenal as Elneny airs permanent transfer ‘wish’


One Gunners midfielder hopes another stays by his side at Emirates Stadium beyond the end of an initial loan from Real Madrid

Martin Odegaard is the future captain at Arsenal, says Mohamed Elneny, with a fellow midfielder at Emirates Stadium making no secret of his “wish” to see a permanent deal struck for the Norwegian playmaker.

The Gunners loaned a talented 22-year-old to Real Madrid during the winter transfer window.

Odegaard has made a positive impression at Emirates Stadium and is seen as touting the potential that could make him a leader on the pitch in north London if a long-term deal with Los Blancos can be struck.

What was said?

Elneny said VGTV of a burning hope who made his appearance for the first time as a gifted 15-year-old: “We always see him coaching players, outside the locker room as well.

“He talks about the game all the time and what we’re going to do. He has the personality to be a captain.

Can Arsenal keep Odegaard on their books?

There is no option to buy in the deal that brought Odegaard to England from Madrid.

He struggled to achieve the desired impact in Spain, however, after finding hard-to-find first-team opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Odegaard has hinted that an extended stay at Arsenal could be put in place as he is making the most of his time under Mikel Arteta.

Elneny hopes a deal will be explored, adding when asked if members of the Gunners camp would like to see Norway’s international stay: “We wish, we wish, we wish.”

The big picture

Odegaard has already taken on an armband this season, which has revealed he will be serving as captain in his country.

He will have ambitions to take on a similar role at club level at some point in the future.

For now, however, his goal is to end the current campaign as positively as possible.

A top four appear to be beyond Arsenal in the Premier League as they are 10 points behind, but progress has been made for the Europa League quarter-finals.

Major silverware is therefore still up for grabs, with Odegaard looking to help this cause as he builds on the two goals he has contributed to the Gunners’ collective cause in 11 appearances.

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