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Martin Odegaard speaks on accepting Arsenal captain band

Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard has spoken out as he is being tipped to be the next captain of the club after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped with the band handed to Alexandre Lacazette.

Aubameyang was accused of disciplinary breach and was stripped of his captaincy, a development that eventually led to his exit.

It is now speculated that Odegaard is a candidate and being considered by manager Mikel Arteta as a captain in the club.

In his response, the former Real Madrid midfielder said he is happy to take a leadership role within the squad.

Odegaard however, said he does not believe he needs to wear the captain’s armband to be a leader on the pitch for Arsenal.

The 23-year-old is hoping to use his rise as a teenage sensation to help the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe cope under the pressure.

“I’ve been through a lot, you know,” he told the PA news agency.

“I went to Real Madrid when I was 16, I played in Norway at 15 and I’ve been to some different clubs on loan and I feel like I’ve been through a lot.

“That helped me to grow up and to feel more confident and to use that in a good way now.

“Of course, it’s a bit more responsibility with being captain for your country but I don’t feel like I’ve changed after that. I think I’m the same person.

“I would do the same things if I wasn’t the captain there and I would always try to help the team so to me that’s not the most important thing.”

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