Martin Odegaard has been named Arsenal’s new first-team captain ahead of their clash with Sevilla in the Emirates Cup this afternoon.

A statement on the club’s website read: “We are delighted to announce that Martin Odegaard has been named our new men’s first-team captain.

“The 23-year-old has made a huge impact since arriving at Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid in January 2021, initially on loan, and has gone on to play 60 times and scoring nine goals.

“Odegaard has experience of wearing the armband, having been Norway captain since March 2021, whom he has won 43 caps for.

“We wish Martin every success as our captain.We will have more on the appointment here after today’s match.”

Alexandre Lacazette, who is now with Olympique Lyon, assumed the role when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the armband last season. Aubameyang moved to Barcelona shortly after being relinquished of the responsibility.

The role of Arsenal’s captain won’t be Odegaard’s first experience as the captain of a senior side. He has been captain of his nation, Norway since March 2021.