London, UK. 20th Sep, 2023. Arsenal v PSV Eindhoven - Champions League - Emirates Stadium Martin Odegaard applauds Arsenal fans after the Champions League match at The Emirates.

Where Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard now ranks in Premier League’s top-paid players

Martin Odegaard has become one of the Premier League’s 10 highest-paid players after signing a long-term new contract with Arsenal.

The Norwegian playmaker was on a comparatively modest salary before agreeing the new deal, which makes him the top earner in Mikel Arteta’s Gunners squad.

Arsenal’s previous top earner was summer signing Kai Havertz, who reportedly takes home a £280,000-a-week pay packet after making the switch from Chelsea.

Odegaard was into the final two years of his contract but has now tied down his future until 2028.

“It was an easy decision for me. As I said many times, I felt connected and I felt at home here since the first day,” Odegaard said in the official Arsenal announcement.

“And also I was moving around a lot and struggling to really settle down, so I felt like I needed a place to come and settle down and to kind of find a home.

“That’s what I did here and I felt it from the first day, so it was easy for me to commit. I’m also excited for what we’re doing now and for the future, so I’m really happy.”

It had long been reported that extending Odegaard’s was one of the club’s priorities. The 24-year-old is the club captain and has undoubtedly been one of the best and most important players under Arteta. His signature follows fellow key men Bukayo Saka, William Saliba, Gabriel Martinelli and Aaron Ramsdale, who have all signed lucrative new deals in 2023.

“It just shows what we’re doing as a club. People want to be here as part of the project,” he added.

“What we’re doing is really special and the players see what the manager wants to do and how the club is progressing, the connection we now have with the fans.

“I think it’s a no-brainer for the players to be part of that. With so many hungry young players, it’s a great place to be.”

It’s yet to be confirmed exactly how much Odegaard now earns, but The Athletic state that he’s Arsenal’s new top earner – which means that he takes home more than the £280,000 that Havertz does. The Daily Mail report that he takes home at least £300,000.

Odegaard isn’t quite Arsenal’s all-time top earner – that accolade still belongs to Mesut Ozil at £350,000 – but he now sits alongside the established superstars at Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the £300,000+ range.

All the wage estimates come via FBref via Capology.

Here’s where Odegaard ranks in the Premier League’s top-paid players after signing his new deal:

1. Kevin De Bruyne – £400,000
2. Erling Haaland – £375,000
3. Casemiro – £350,000
4. Mohamed Salah – £350,000
5. Raphaël Varane – £340,000
6. Raheem Sterling – £325,000
7. Marcus Rashford – £300,000
8. Bernardo Silva – £300,000
9. Jack Grealish – £300,000
NEW: 10. Martin Odegaard – £300,000
11. Kai Havertz – £280,000
12. Gabriel Jesus – £265,000
13. Anthony Martial – £250,000
14. Jadon Sancho – £250,000
15. Mason Mount – £250,000
16. John Stones – £250,000
17. Reece James – £250,000
18. Declan Rice – £240,000
19. Bruno Fernandes – £240,000
20. Phil Foden – £225,000
21. Virgil van Dijk – £220,000
22. Rodri – £220,000
23. Thomas Partey – £200,000
24. Antony – £200,000
25. Thiago Alcantara – £200,000

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