Current Gunners captain Alexandre Lacazette is set to leave the team in the summer at the end of his contract with the club. Therefore Mikel Arteta has the task of appointing a new permanent captain to lead the team next season.
Aaron Ramsdale believes that the ideal person for the job is Martin Odegaard.
“If you give the armband it can go one of two ways, you either feel the pressure of the team and football club or it gives you a lift that it gives you an opportunity and lead from the front,” Ramsdale told Arsenal legend David Seaman on the Seaman Says Podcast.
“As much as in interviews I’ve joked about Martin, he was at Real Madrid at 16-17, he’s seen all the best players in the world, he’s the captain of his country and for a 23-year-old, he has literally done everything you can in a short amount of time.
“He’s a very calming individual, he might not be the most vocal but you don’t always need your captain to be the most vocal because you could have three or four other leaders who are vocal. You could have two or three leaders who are vocal who perform – for him, he’s relished at the chance of wearing the armband. I have no problems with him being our captain.” Ramsdale told.
Last May, Granit Xhaka also supported Odegaard as the club’s next captain. “He [Odegaard] is the future of this club,” Xhaka told a Norwegian Tv Channel. “He’s already captain when Alexandre Lacazette does not play.
“He can be very proud of himself. You can see how far he has come in his head, mentally. He is very young, only 23, but in how he behaves and is on the field, he looks like he’s 30… he can definitely become Arsenal captain. He has the DNA in him. He works as hard every day as if he were in a fight… everyone in the dressing room listens to him. Why not?”