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'I'm glad': Champions League winner happy his compatriot has joined Arsenal

John Arne Riise has told talkSPORT that he’s happy Martin Odegaard is at Arsenal and “looking good”.

The Norway icon is also hopeful that the Gunners playmaker will have a good season in the Premier League.

Riise is pleased to see his fellow countrymen impressing in the Premier League and other top leagues.

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Norwegian football has struggled in the past, with the country failing to qualify for a major tournament since Euro 2000.

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However, the country looks set for a golden generation which includes the likes of Odegaard, Erling Haaland and Kristoffer Ajer.

Riise, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, told talkSPORT: “Norway has been lacking players in the Premier League in the last few years.

“Ten or 15 years ago, we had so many players, now there are very few and not many have made a good impression.

“I’m glad that Odegaard is at Arsenal and looking good. Hopefully he will have a good season.

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“But we need a few more players up there and challenging and really making a name for themselves, just so Norwegian football can get back to what it used to be, with players playing in top leagues.”

Odegaard joined the Emirates Stadium outfit on a permanent deal this summer.

According to Sky Sports, the 22-year-old joined Arsenal for an initial £30million plus bonuses worth around £4million.

Odegaard has made 26 appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side, registering three goals and three assists.

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