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2 key passes, 71 touches, 82.5% pass accuracy - Arsenal talent pulled the strings for his nation

Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard can be happy with his efforts for Norway in Monday night’s World Cup qualifier.

The Gunners man’s nation could only draw 1-1 with Turkey last Friday.

However, Norway’s 2-0 win over Montenegro keeps them on the right track towards qualification.

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According to Nettavisen Sport, Odegaard has received some criticism lately for his lack of offensive contributions to the national team.

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However, the Norwegian outlet was pleased with the Arsenal gem’s efforts against Montenegro.

They noted how Odegaard worked hard and, while he “did not scatter key passes at Ullevaal on Monday night as we know he can”, he nonetheless showed quality in passing and contributing to build-up play.

The 22-year-old earned himself a very good 7.67 out of 10 on Whoscored for his efforts on Monday night.

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Odegaard took 71 touches and made 57 passes in the game, of which two were key passes, and boasted a pass accuracy of 82.5 percent.

He also attempted three crosses, two of which were successful, delivered two accurate long balls, completed three dribbles, and made three interceptions and one tackle.

All in all, a great evening’s word for Odegaard, who’s very much pulling the strings for Norway and will hopefully help them to their first major tournament since 2000.

The Norwegians sit second in Group G on 17 points, two points behind leaders Netherlands and two ahead of third-placed Turkey with two games left.

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