Martin Odegaard sends message to Oleksandr Zinchenko over Ukraine war

Martin Odegaard has sent a message to Arsenal team-mate Oleksandr Zinchenko over Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta handed the captain’s armband to Ukraine international Zinchenko for Saturday’s Premier League game against Leicester City.

Club skipper Martin Odegaard retained his place in Arsenal’s starting XI, but Zinchenko wore the armband as a mark of respect to mark 12 months passing since the start of the invasion.

Zinchenko is the captain of his national team and has been a vocal supporter of Ukraine ever since Vladimir Putin waged war on his home nation.

Odegaard has now spoken about the decision to temporarily hand Zinchenko the captain’s armband and described Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as ‘terrible’.

‘Some things are bigger than football and what’s been going on there has been terrible,’ Odegaard told Arsenal’s website.

‘So it’s a good thing to show him that this team is here for him and everyone supports him.

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