Martin Odegaard’s gesture to Leandro Trossard speaks volumes about the Arsenal captain
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard showed his leadership with a nod to Leandro Trossard.
Martin Odegaard has proven why Mikel Arteta has named him Arsenal captain with the way he ensures new signings settle in at the club. Leandro Trossard has opened up about the welcome he received from the Norwegian midfielder upon his arrival in January.
Odegaard was named captain of Arsenal last summer following the departure of Alexandre Lacazette from the club. He had already been given the responsibility of leading his country.
He had a good first full season at Emirates, recording seven goals and four assists in the Premier League. But the armband saw him take his game to the next level.
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Odegaard may not be the most vocal captain and will often set an example on the pitch. But Trossard revealed the kind of leadership he shows off camera.
Trossard joined Arsenal from Brighton midway through the season. After three and a half years on the south coast, he was used to playing in the Premier League.
But any transfer to a single player is daunting, particularly in a campaign without the comfort of a pre-season to get used to the environment. Trossard knew he had to hit the ground running immediately into a team soaring at the top of the table.
The Belgian international says Odegaard played an important role in ensuring he adapted as quickly as possible. Asked who his closest friends are at Arsenal, Trossard told Sky Sports: “To be honest, Kieran [Tierney]. I’m very close with him.
“Martin was also very helpful. He texted me the first day I arrived if there was anything he could help me with.
“Yes, it’s really good, that’s what I said. More guys said it’s fair and gives you that confidence that you can adapt quickly and that helped me a lot.”
Odegaard joined Arsenal on loan in January 2021, so he knew what Trossard was going through following his move. His gesture towards Trossard cannot be measured in terms of how the new signing performed on the pitch.
But being happy at a new club is half the battle. Trossard immediately felt at home and it could be seen in the way he played.
Only Kevin De Bruyne and Bukayo Saka have more assists than Trossard in the Premier League this season. Only two of those assists came at Brighton, showing just how well Trossard has done since he moved to London.