How Norway’s media rated Arsenal star Martin Odegaard in nation’s loss to Czechia

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard was in international action for Norway in their friendly with Czechia on Friday evening.

Although the Arsenal star is enjoying a great season with the Gunners, he’s not having as much joy with his national team.

Norway failed to qualify for Euro 2024, finishing third in Group A, six points adrift of runners-up Scotland.

Odegaard and his compatriots were eager to get their year off to a good start ahead of the UEFA Nations League later this year.

However, they were left to rue a poor display as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to the high-flying Czechs at the Ullevall Stadion.

Norway got off to a good start as they took the lead in the 20th minute through Oscar Bobb.

The Manchester City gem dribbled between two Czech defenders and fired into the corner for the opener.

However, Slavia Prague ace David Zima headed home on 36 minutes to restore parity for the visitors.

And just five minutes from time, the Czech Republic turned the game around thanks to an Antonin Barak free kick.

What did the Norwegian media make of Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard?
The Norwegian media was critical of the team’s display, with Dagbladet deeming it ‘absolutely horrible’.

However, Odegaard was spared much of the criticism and the ratings he received weren’t all that bad.

Dagbladet gave the Arsenal man a 6 out of 10 rating and wrote: ‘Distributed balls all the time, but was not successful with the final breakthrough pass. Was involved a lot.’

Meanwhile, Nettavisen gave Odegaard a 5 out of 10, writing: ‘Like the Norwegian team, started fresh, but struggled more and more in the first half.

‘Seemed to have a slight limp on one occasion. Controls the Norwegian team well after the break when we press on at the start of the half.’

As good as Odegaard is, the Arsenal star can’t all do it by himself. It’s a shame Norway aren’t at the Euros, despite being in the midst of a golden generation.

Let’s hope that they improve in the coming year or two, with the World Cup now just over two years away.

And hopefully there’s not too much in that ‘slight limp’ comment. The last thing Arsenal need is for their captain is to pick up a knock ahead of the run-in.

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