The Arsenal midfielder has suggested a teammate who could lead the club in the future as the captain.
Mohamed Elneny believes Martin Odegaard can become an Arsenal captain someday and hopes the club can seal a permanent deal for the Norwegian midfielder.
Odegaard has made a positive start since joining the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid in the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old has scored two goals in his last two starts for Mikel Arteta’s men, making 11 appearances in all competitions already. His progress has prompted hope of a long-term deal at the Emirates.
Now Elneny, who has played alongside Odegaard six times to date, thinks his young teammate could become a leader for Arsenal.
“You always see him coaching players, outside of the dressing room as well,” Elneny told VGTV.
“He talks all the time about the game and what we are going to do. He has the personality to be a captain.”
Despite no buy option being included as part of Odegaard’s loan deal, Elneny hopes Arsenal can still make a permanent deal, or a long-term one at least, happen.
“We wish, we wish, we wish,” the Egyptian said on the former Real Sociedad man staying beyond the end of this season.
Odegaard has hinted he would be open to extending his stay at Arsenal in the summer after previously struggling for game time at Real Madrid.