Arsenal supporters absolutely love what they saw in Norway’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands on Wednesday evening.
The World Cup qualifier finished as a stalemate despite Erling Haaland handing the hosts the lead on the 20-minute mark in Oslo.
Davy Klaasen equalised for the Dutch around quarter of an hour later, meaning the points were shared in the qualifier.
However, there was one thing in particular that Arsenal supporters spotted that happened during the clash. The link-up play between Martin Odegaard and Haaland.
The Norway duo, who are more than accustomed to linking up with their country, produced one special moment that nearly resulted in a goal.
Odegaard picked the ball up in his own half and ran at the Dutch defence, who were back-tracking, before he released the ball, around 30 yards from goal, and found Haaland with a perfectly-weighted through ball.
The Borussia Dortmund star’s left footed strike could only find the post, though, denying the new Gunners signing a sublime assist.
Arsenal supporters, taking to Reddit, have been reacting to the two linking up – with some dreaming of seeing it at club level in the future.
Speaking after the game, Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal had plenty of praise for the Norway duo, who were pivotal in holding his side to a 1-1 draw.
Van Gaal said to VG : “They have a fantastic striker, Haaland, and they have a fantastic passer, Odegaard.”
Odegaard was signed by Arsenal on a permanent deal last month after spending the second half of last season on loan with the north London club.
When Mikel Arteta was asked what the Norway star would bring to his squad, the Arsenal boss replied: “A lot of things that he brought last season – he made us better, we needed more options and alternatives for creativity.
“He is still a really young man but he has huge experiences in clubs already and has unique talents for the way we want to play, so I am really pleased the club have made the effort.”
Gunners supporters will be desperate for Odegaard to return to club action unscathed following the international break.
The former Real Madrid midfielder will surely start Arsenal’s must-win Premier League clash with Norwich City on September 11.
Arteta’s team are currently rock-bottom of the top-flight table, after losing their opening three games, in which they have conceded nine times and are yet to score a goal.
Source by Football London