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Arsenal manager Arteta hopes Odegaard will embrace leadership role

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes Martin Odegaard will embrace a leadership role within his squad.

The Norwegian, signed from Real Madrid this summer, has provided a much needed spark for Arsenal in recent games.

And Arteta hopes that Odegaard and fellow new signing Albert Sambi Lokonga can become leaders for the Gunners.

“I think we are building some leadership in the group,” Arteta said. “It’s a really young group, with a lot of players under 23.

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“Martin is the captain of the national team and Sambi was the captain at Anderlecht.

“Martin has this capacity to do that with his talent, taking the ball in moments where others probably refuse to, but as well with his attitude, his rhythm and the way he presses and puts people under pressure.”

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