Martin Odegaard Stint of Scrutiny after Norway vs Spain


Martin Odegaard, the star midfielder and Arsenal captain, faces fierce criticism after Norway‘s 1-0 defeat to Spain in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. This unfortunate loss diminished Norway‘s chances for automatic qualification. Now, the nation clings to hopes of a playoff berth.

Norway previously triumphed over Cyprus, boosting their qualification hopes. Yet, when pitted against the Spanish side, they faltered. Most of the blame landed on Odegaard for his lackluster display.

Media Lashes Out

Nettavisen, a prominent Norwegian media outlet, was quick to dissect Odegaard‘s performance. They rated him a mediocre 4/10. They acknowledged his commendable beginning but lamented his waning influence as Spain’s midfield asserted dominance.

NRK, another outlet, was a tad kinder, giving Odegaard a 5/10. However, they too believed the Arsenal stalwart failed to make a lasting impression. They highlighted a squandered chance and showed frustration given Odegaard‘s esteemed stature in the footballing world.

Arsenal Supporters’ Rising Concerns

The Arsenal faithful share the disappointment in Odegaard‘s recent showings. His £30 million transfer to Arsenal had built great anticipation. Yet, the Euro 2024 qualification phase hasn’t truly unveiled his prowess.

With Norway‘s hopes teetering on other match outcomes for a play-off chance, Odegaard‘s fluctuating form becomes a prime concern. The global football stage places enormous pressure on its shining stars, such as Odegaard and Erling Haaland.

Missing these stars in the major tournaments is a bleak prospect. Moreover, the lingering doubt now is whether Odegaard can steer Norway to Euro 2024 success.

Who is Odegaard?

Martin Odegaard, born in 1998, captains the Premier League‘s Arsenal and Norway‘s national team. Recognized for his remarkable technique and vision, he started at Stromsgodset in 2014. He joined Real Madrid in 2015, setting youth records.

After limited playtime, he moved between Heerenveen, Vitesse, and Real Sociedad between 2017 and 2019. With Sociedad, he clinched the Copa del Rey. In 2021, Arsenal signed him for £30 million. He became Arsenal‘s captain in 2022.

Internationally, Odegaard debuted for Norway at 15. Moreover, he’s the youngest to play in a UEFA European Championship qualifier and became Norway‘s captain in 2021.

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