Arsenal: Nigel Winterburn teases more transfers and assesses new signings | football

Arsenal hero Nigel Winterburn and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta (Photo: Getty)

Nigel Winterburn hails Mikel Arteta’s decision to appoint ‘absolutely incredible’ Martin Odegaard how Arsenalthe new captain.

Odegaard was given the captain’s armband on a permanent basis ahead of the 2022-2023 season, while Arteta decided to change tactics by changing his captains last term.

The 23-year-old has made a big impact at the Emirates since his January 2021 move from Real Madrid, making 60 appearances for the Gunners and establishing himself as one of their most consistent players.

Odegaard has captained Norway since March 2021 and Winterburn believes he was an excellent candidate for the role at Arsenal.

“I’m glad they’ve picked someone and Martin Odegaard has become the captain of the national team, so it seems like a good move,” said Winterburn.

“I hear Mikel Arteta likes him as a leader, so I think it’s a good decision. Last season I hated this rotation of captains, it wasn’t for me and I didn’t agree with it.

“When I played I knew who my captain was, Tony Adams was the captain when he was fit and that was something I never worried about.

Martin Odegaard has been confirmed as Arsenal’s permanent captain (Image: Getty)

“I don’t know if it was because it was different and we had such a strong group of players that we didn’t even think about it.

“Tony was a great captain so our team wasn’t worried, but sometimes the role of captain is to just hand things over to your manager.

“We will have to wait and see how it goes with Odegaard, it will be interesting in periods of games when things are not going right for Arsenal.

“Will Odegaard be responsible for what the manager wants to the other players in the game?” I hope not because all players should be big enough to make their own decisions.

“But I’m glad this captaincy debate is over. Mikel Arteta made that choice, we chose Odegaard, and if anything for a player, it’s motivation to keep them at a high level.

“When he plays really well, his ability is absolutely incredible. All I can say is let’s wait and see if there is any difference in his game, I already said about myself when I was captain, I didn’t do anything different.

“You don’t need to be more vocal; you just have to perform exactly the same.

“If a player needs to say something, you don’t have to tell them because you’re the captain, any player can talk to his teammates if something’s going wrong on the pitch.

“I think it has to go from 1 to 11 anyway, but I’m glad we finally have a captain.”

Arsenal will be looking to improve on last season’s fifth-place finish during the 2022-23 campaign, which kicks off on Friday when the Gunners visit Crystal Palace.

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Arteta has brought in the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Alexandre Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira to Arsenal this summer, while Winterburn has been impressed by his former club’s transfer business.

“I’ve been pleased so far, obviously it’s been a good pre-season for Arsenal,” the former defender said of Free super parades.

“I think in the person of Jesus and Zinchenko, there are players from the club with a winning mentality, which is always good to have in your team.

“I think it will definitely strengthen the squad and they looked good in the pre-season. Now it’s a matter of continuing to play in the first few games of the season.

“As I said in my comments at the weekend, there have been some very good performances in pre-season but unfortunately they mean nothing when you lose in League One.

New signing Gabriel Jesus impressed in pre-season (Image: Getty)

“That’s exactly what I see, so I think the first game on Friday night is a big test for Arsenal.”

Winterburn, who has made more than 500 appearances for Arsenal, has also teased new signings at the Emirates ahead of the September 1 transfer deadline.

Asked about speculation linking Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans with a move to north London, Winterburn said: “This transfer has been talked about for a long time, so I don’t know if it’s realistic or not will happen.

“I feel that central midfield is an area that Arsenal still need to look at. On the other hand, I really think Zinchenko can play in that position, so I don’t know if Arsenal might feel the transfer window is closed for them.

“They’re not going to come out and say if the right player comes along Arsenal will make a move.

“I hope someone comes into that midfield because that’s the only area I can see improving at the moment.

“I don’t know who that player will be, but if Arsenal bring someone in, I hope it’s someone who will fit into the team and the system.

“I’m sure there will be options on the table looking at both Edu and Arteta, but whether they think it’s the right thing for the team is another question.”

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