- Martin Odegaard has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal
- Odegaard had interests from various European clubs but was never rumored to leave Arsenal
- Gunners manager was keen for his captain to sign a new contract at the Emirates
Arsenal captain, Martin Odegaard, has committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract. The 24-year-old Norwegian midfielder had entered the final two years of his previous deal, prompting discussions about an extension that began back in May. Despite interest from several prominent European clubs, Odegaard’s primary focus remained on continuing his journey with Arsenal, and he has now put pen to paper on a new contract that is understood to run until 2028.
In a statement to the club’s media, Odegaard expressed his unwavering commitment to Arsenal, describing the decision to sign a new contract as an easy one for him. He cited the remarkable progress and transformation happening at the club as a major factor in his decision. Odegaard expressed his excitement for what lies ahead and emphasized that he has found a place where he feels truly settled, referring to Arsenal as his home.
Odegaard’s footballing story has seen him move across different clubs since he was just 16 years old. However, since joining Arsenal, he has experienced a sense of belonging and comfort that he hadn’t felt before. He expressed his gratitude to everyone working at the club and, of course, the passionate supporters. Odegaard’s commitment to the club involves a determination to bring success in the years to come.
Manager Mikel Arteta also welcomed the news of Odegaard’s contract extension, emphasizing the positive impact it has on the entire Arsenal community. Odegaard is not just the club’s captain; he is also a respected figure known for his professionalism and leadership qualities. Arteta described Odegaard as a young player of exceptional quality who consistently performs at a high level. He also praised Odegaard’s off-field attributes, highlighting his maturity and dedication.
For Arteta, working with Odegaard, both as a player and as an individual, is an absolute joy. He expressed his delight that Odegaard, after experiencing various clubs in his career, now feels settled and at home at Arsenal. Arteta believes that this sense of belonging will play a crucial role in Odegaard’s future contributions to the club.
Edu, Arsenal’s sporting director, echoed the sentiment of joy and excitement about Odegaard’s contract extension. He emphasized that Odegaard is not only the club’s captain but also an experienced international player who consistently delivers quality performances. At just 24 years old, Odegaard represents a player with immense potential, and the club is delighted to have secured his commitment for the forthcoming years.