Martin Odegaard has given Arsenal a huge boost ahead of Sunday’s North London derby against Tottenham by signing a new long-term contract.
The Gunners skipper, 24, is into his fourth season at the club after initally joining on loan from Real Madrid in January 2021.
Odegaard made his move to the Emirates permanent that summer and has since evolved into one of the Premier League‘s best midfielders.
The Norway international was named Arsenal’s Player of the Season for 2022-23 after bagging 15 Premier League goals — and he has already found the back of the net three times in all competitions this term.
He said: “Signing a new contract was a really easy decision for me for lots of reasons. Mainly what we are doing right now as a club is special and I want to be a part of that.
“I’m really excited for what’s to come here. I’ve found a place where I can be really settled and call my home.
“My story is a bit different maybe, as I moved around different clubs since I was 16. At Arsenal, since the first day, I’ve felt great and this is definitely my home now.
“I just want to say thanks to everyone working at the club and of course, our fantastic supporters. I will continue to give everything to bring success to this club in the years to come.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta added: “Martin signing a new long-term contract is such good news for everyone connected with Arsenal.
“He is our captain and a hugely respected person at our club, who is a great role model and professional, bringing quality and maturity in everything he does.
“As a manager, working with Martin the person and the player is an absolute joy and it’s great that after experiencing a number of clubs already in his career, he is now settled and really feels at home at Arsenal.
“We all look forward to continuing our journey with Martin in the years to come.”