Arsenal captain Odegaard reveals the three reasons he signed new contract

PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal captain Odegaard reveals the three reasons he signed new contract

Mark Kinyanjui 13:30 - 22.09.2023

Odegaard has revealed the three reason he signed a new contract with Arsenal, which will see him become the club’s highest paid player.

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has revealed why he signed a new five year-contract with the club after a metioric rise with the North London club since first signing on loan in January 2021.

Odegaard initially joined the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid in January 2021, before making his move permanent that summer for a £30m fee.

After an initial bedding in period, the Norwegian midfielder - who has committed to the club until the summer of 2028 and will become their highest-paid player - has shone in north London, scoring 27 goals and adding 15 assists in 112 appearances.

“It was an easy decision for me. I felt connected and I felt at home here since the first day,” Odegaard said just two days after his man-of-the-match performance against PSV on Wednesday.

“And also I was moving around a lot and struggling to really settle down, so I felt like I needed a place to come and settle down and to kind of find a home. 

“(There are) amazing people here at the club, the fans as well, everything around the club is just a good match for me.

“Of course, I am thinking about it (winning trophies). That is the big dream, the big goal, to win things with the club. That's why I have signed here as well, because I believe we can achieve some great things."

Such has Odegaard's importance to the team been after emerging as a key player under Mikel Arteta, he was appointed club captain last summer after Alexandre Lacazette's departure. 

His previous deal was set to expire at the end of next season and the Gunners made the midfielder’s future a top priority.

Odegaard has received a sharp pay increase from his previous deal which was worth in the region of £120,000-per-week.

The 24-year-old - who was integral as the Gunners came second in 2022-23 - has started the season in fine form, with three goals in six games.

Arteta's side are currently fourth in the Premier League with four wins and a draw from their first five matches, while they also beat PSV 4-0 on Wednesday on their return to the Champions League following a seven year absence.

After initially breaking through at Stromsgodset in his homeland, Odegaard joined Real Madrid as a 16-year-old in 2015.

However, he struggled to break through at the Bernabeu, and spent time on loan at Heerenveen, Vitesse Arnhem and Real Sociedad, before his initial temporary switch to the Emirates in 2021.