'He lives the game': Arteta has just lauded his 'integral' Arsenal player live on Sky ahead of Crystal Palace clash
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'He lives the game': Arteta has just lauded his 'integral' Arsenal player live on Sky ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Mikel Arteta has just been lauding his new captain Martin Odegaard before Arsenal take on Crystal Palace this evening.

The Gunners open the new Premier League season at Selhurst Park looking to get off to the perfect start with what would be a massive three points against a good side at home. Palace are renowned for making things difficult at Selhurst, and Arteta will be fully aware of the challenge ahead.

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Of course, Arsenal go into the game with Arteta’s new captain Martin Odegaard leading them. The Norwegian has been tasked with being the new main man at the Gunners. And speaking ahead of the game on Sky Sports just now, the Spaniard was quick to praise his midfield star.

“Probably his skills is not someone who is going to be shouting and commanding with a lot of gestures. But he’s a natural leader. The way he lives the game, his profession, the belief he has in what we are doing, and the values that he has, they are integral across the club and we needed someone like him,” Arteta told Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher like on Sky just now.

Odegaard will be hoping to pick up a win in his first game of skipper of course, and repay that faith shown in him by Arteta and his coaching staff.

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If Odegaard can really step up to the plate and deliver for Arsenal then he has the chance to make himself a legend of the club really.

Arteta has shown a big leap of faith in the Norwegian. We all know he is talented, but what can he deliver as a captain?

The Gunners’ bosses comments here at intriguing as well. Odegaard won’t be the usual and stereotypical leader, but more like a Harry Kane, could lead with his performances and professionalism instead.

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