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Ødegaard next in line for new contract

Club captain Martin Ødegaard is next in line for a new Arsenal contract.

The 24 year old, who is also skipper of his country, Norway, is already under contract at the Emirates until 2025. But the club are eager to tie him down to a new long-term deal on improved terms.

Ødegaard joined the club initially on loan from Real Madrid until the deal was made permanent six months later.

He has just enjoyed his most productive season, scoring 15 Premier League goals, the first Arsenal midfielder to do that since Cesc Fabregas, and none have been from the penalty spot. He has also provided eight assists in 35 Premier League games.

All the indications are that Ødegaard is happy in North London and happy to extend his stay, having finally begun to realise the potential which persuaded Real to sign him from Norwegian football when he was still in his early teens.

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