Noel Whelan has insisted Mikel Arteta has made the right decision after he named Martin Odegaard as the new Arsenal captain.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 23-year-old’s age is irrelevant because of the “trust” he has in the Gunners’ dressing room.
Odegaard wore the armband as Arsenal recorded a 2-0 opening day victory over Crystal Palace on Friday (5 August).
The 43-cap international is also the skipper of the Norway national side – first assuming the role in March 2021.
Speaking to Football Daily (5 August), Arteta insisted Odegaard has “the hunger to take this project and this club to a different level”.
Previous skippers include departed strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – as well as midfielder Granit Xhaka.
When asked if he thought naming Odegaard captain was a good decision, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “Yeah, I do.
“He’s someone that will be respected and looked up to by the younger players, and maybe even some of the older guard.
“The way he handles himself on and off the pitch and on the training ground means that he’s obviously a character that Arteta trusts.
“That’s what you do. Give the armband to someone who has the trust and the ear of the whole dressing room, someone who isn’t afraid to have a word here or there.
“I think when you’ve got someone like that, it makes sense to give them the captaincy no matter what age they are.
“It’s more about what they bring on the pitch and in that environment.”
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