Jamie Redknapp disagrees with Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal captaincy wish
Jamie Redknapp believes there is one Arsenal man who is just ready to become the club’s permanent captain, although former skipper Granit Xhaka has revealed he is ‘ready to start over’ after being dismissed from his position. captain duties in 2019.
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Jamie Redknapp thinks giving Martin Odegaard the permanent Arsenal captaincy armband ‘feels good’.
Odegaard, 23, wore the armband in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over West Ham and has done so in the last three games against Southampton, Chelsea, Manchester United. But it remains to be seen whether the Norwegian midfielder will become the permanent skipper, as boss Mikel Arteta is yet to name Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s successor after he was stripped as captain ahead of his transfer to Barcelona in February. .
Alexandre Lacazette wore the armband until recently, but with the likelihood of him leaving as a free agent this summer, Kieran Tierney and Odegaard have been tipped to become the new captain. While Granit Xhaka, who was stripped of the armband in 2019, revealed he would be ready to take it if called upon. “I would never say never,” Xhaka told Sky Sports. “An Arsenal captain can be without an armband and I try to run the game and the players without an armband, if tomorrow someone from the football club comes and asks me if I want to take it I will be there because I know that I’m ready to do it again.”
Speaking after Arsenal’s win at West Ham, Redknapp said: “Bringing him into the team they could have stumbled upon a problem which caused Arsenal for a few years the captaincy. Xhaka was captain for a while, didn’t really work, [then] Aubameyang, then they give it to Lacazette. It was almost what no one wanted to be.
“But giving it to Odegaard is fine with me. He might not be the most vocal but when you watch him play he organizes people, he plays the right pass. He’s a lovely player to watch.
“You can see from Mikel Arteta’s perspective, he’s almost his manager on the pitch. Maybe that’s where, he’s there for the future, he’s a fantastic player, a good guy too. It’s a masterstroke from Arteta.”
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Although Odegaard acknowledges that being the top leader brings a certain kind of pressure, he insisted he was up for the challenge. “It’s big, of course, but it doesn’t change much. I feel like I’m doing the same things,” he said. tv2sport.
“There are more people around who think about it. But it’s a big recognition and a big statement of confidence. I take that as a big compliment, but beyond that I do as always.”
The 23-year-old made the £34m move from Spanish giants Real Madrid last summer, following an initial loan spell at the Emirates. The Norwegian playmaker has quickly settled into Arteta’s squad and has contributed six goals and four assists in his 32 league appearances this season.