Arsenal Reserves captain Havard Nordtveit played 90 minutes for his country Norway last night as they lost 3-2 to Iceland in an under-19 international. Havard could be in action again tomorrow, when Norway take on Bulgaria and on Friday when they face Israel. Havard’s involvement means that he will miss tomorrow’s reserve game against Aston Villa. A full preview of that match to come prior to kick off.
In other news, Arsenal under-18s manager Steve Bould has spoken about his side’s defeat to Aston Villa in the play-off semi-final on Saturday. He stated his frustration at the lack of chances created by his side
“I think we only had one or two shots all afternoon. For all the possession we had, it wasn’t really enough. For the possession Villa had, I think they could have had one or two more goals. Wojceich has made some top saves. When we reflect I think the fact we didn’t chances will be looked at next week. I must say though, I thought first 20 minutes we looked really bright but we didn’t create a lot of chances. That is what didn’t happen today.”
The Gunners were dealt a blow prior to kick off, when Gavin Hoyte picked up an injury in the warm-up.
“At that point we had to change the team. I would have liked Gavin there at the back because he provides that little bit of experience but on a general night it didn’t affect us too much.”
Many of the youngsters are feeling depressed after the defeat, but Bould admits they will learn from it and for some of the players there will be the chance to try all over again next season
“The major thing we spoke about was giving the young kids that have got us this far, their big chance. We could have gone for a couple of the older boys and maybe won the game but on the development level that is not what we wanted to do. It was a big test today, but one that most of them came through. They will all learn from it.”
Despite the defeat, Bould acknowledges that the season was not a failure
“We have had a great year, got some great kids playing in the Reserve level and some lads being involved in the first-team. So overall it has been a good year for the Club. The result today was disappointing but the overall season has been fabulous for us. I have basically reminded the boys how well they have played for most of the year. In general I think that we have had a terrific year.”
Quotes from arsenal.com