Arsenal Football Club has announced that their captain, Martin Odegaard, has officially inked a new five-year contract with the North London outfit, solidifying his commitment to the Gunners’ cause. The 24-year-old Norwegian midfielder joins a growing list of key players who have recently pledged their long-term futures to Arsenal, demonstrating the club’s ambition for sustained success.
Odegaard’s decision to extend his stay follows the footsteps of talented young prospects such as Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and William Saliba, all of whom have also chosen to prolong their tenures with the club.
The Norwegian playmaker, who originally arrived at Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid in January 2021, has quickly become an integral part of the team. Last season, he played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s impressive campaign, contributing significantly with 15 Premier League goals and seven assists, which ultimately propelled the Gunners to a second-place finish, trailing only behind Manchester City.
In the current season, Odegaard has already made a substantial impact, netting three goals across all competitions. His impressive performances on the pitch have made him a fan favorite at the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking about his contract extension, Odegaard expressed his excitement, stating, “It was an easy decision for me. As I said many times, I felt connected and I felt at home here since the first day. Also, I was moving around a lot (during loan spells) and struggling to really settle down, so I felt like I needed a place to come and settle down and to kind of find a home.”
Odegaard’s sentiment regarding his attachment to Arsenal mirrors the positive atmosphere cultivated under the stewardship of manager Mikel Arteta. The midfielder emphasized the sense of unity among the squad, saying, “What we’re doing is really special, and the players see what the manager wants to do and how the club is progressing, the connection we now have with the fans. I think it’s a no-brainer for the players to be part of that. With so many hungry young players, it’s a great place to be.”
Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, shared his delight at Odegaard’s commitment, affirming, “I’m really happy for him as well, and he deserves it. It just shows that there are many ways to make it. In the end, it’s about finding a place where you feel comfortable, valued, and able to express your talent. I think he’s found that place; he’s respected and loved by everybody, and he fully deserves what he’s doing.”
With Odegaard’s future now secured, Arsenal looks ahead to maintaining their strong start to the season. As of now, the Gunners sit fourth in the Premier League standings and are gearing up for an eagerly anticipated North London Derby clash against Tottenham Hotspur at their home ground this Sunday.