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EPL: Redknapp reveals Arteta’s ‘manager on the pitch’

Sky Sport pundit, Jamie Redknapp, has hailed Mikel Arteta’s decision to hand Martin Odegaard the armband as a “masterstroke”.

The 23-year-old has led the team out for the last four fixtures, with the Gunners taking three consecutive wins.

Arsenal has been without a permanent captain since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the armband following a disciplinary breach in December.

Alexandre Lacazette has captained the side whenever he was picked to play but has lost his place to Eddie Nketiah.

However, in Odegaard, the Gunners may finally have found a player to lead them for years to come.

“By bringing him into the team, they might have stumbled across a problem that’s caused Arsenal for a few years, the captaincy.

“Xhaka was captain for a while, didn’t really work, [then] Aubameyang, then they give it to Lacazette. It was almost where no one wanted to be.

“But giving it to Odegaard, it feels right for me. He may not be the most vocal but when you watch him play, he organises people, he plays the right pass. He’s a lovely player to watch.

“You can see from Mikel Arteta’s point of view, he’s almost his manager on the pitch. It might be one where, he’s there for the future, he’s a fantastic player, a good type of guy as well. It’s a masterstroke from Arteta,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday.

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