Martin Odegaard has delighted Arsenal’s fan base as he made sure debutante Charles Sagoe Jr took the applause from the visiting supporters at Brentford.
Mikel Arteta made eight changes for the third round contest at the Gtech Community Stadium.
While goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale returning to the line-up was the main headline from the starting XI, the inclusion of academy starlet Sagoe Jr also raised eyebrows.
The 19-year-old started from the right wing with Bukayo Saka struggling with his fitness.
And he impressed in the match, before eventually being replaced by Gabriel Jesus in the 68th minute.
Following the full-time whistle, the forward joined his teammates on the pitch to clap the travelling Arsenal faithful.
But Odegaard was quick to make sure the youngster took the applause from the Gooners in the stands.
He was seen gently pushing the player towards the away end with a huge grin on his face, with Sagoe Jr being embraced by the fans on his own.
Social media was loving the wholesome moment, as one fan posted on X: “Odegaard pushing Sagoe Jr to our travelling fans in the away end. How can you not love our captain?”
Another said: “Martin Odegaard walked Charles Sagoe Jr. over to the away fans for a special moment on his debut. Class. Absolute class.”
A third added: “Martin Odegaard pushing Sagoe Jr to the away crowd. Captain Odegard things you love to see.”
Meanwhile one messaged: “Love this from the captain.”
And this fan simply stated: “My captain.”
Arteta was quick to heap praise on Sagoe Jr following his debut, remarking: “Obviously the context of the situation we had with a lot of injured players helped that possibility.
“But every time we can, we have to look in our academy and give chances. Charles was probably one of the most consistent players we had in the under-23s for a few months.
“He’s been training with us quite a lot, and it’s about giving opportunities to people.
“If we don’t give it today, when are we going to give opportunities to our youngsters? I’m really happy that he had a good experience.”
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