By Giuseppe Muro
Injury kept Havard Nordtveit out of the Carling Cup win over Tottenham and he wants to make up for that heartache by proving his worth against Newcastle on Wednesday.
The versatile defender was included in Arsène Wenger’s squad for the Club’s pre-season training camp showing just how highly he is regarded by his manager, though an ankle problem has hampered his progress and restricted him to just three Reserve appearances this season.
After spending last season on loan at German side Nurnberg the 20-year-old now wants to show everyone at Arsenal what he can do.
“The most important thing is just to train hard, have a good attitude, do what I have to do and [give] even extra,” Nordtveit told Arsenal.com.
“When we played against Tottenham I was unfortunately injured with a twisted ankle but now I’ve been back in training for three weeks. It’s up to the boss to pick the squad for the Carling Cup but if I’m selected I will do everything.
“Right now it’s a tough squad to come in to. There are some very good players but I hope to be there.”
The Norwegian admits there is increased expectation when playing for the first team although he believes his time in the Bundesliga means he is well equipped to deal with the high-pressure atmosphere of big games.
“When you see how many people they played in front of at Tottenham it’s different [to playing in the Reserves],” said Nordtveit.
“Of course the pressure is a lot higher and of course you are a little more nervous when you are playing in front of so many people. When the referee has blown the whistle that is gone and you hopefully try to enjoy the game.
“[At Nurnberg] there was pressure of playing against top players every week and you need three points in every game.
“It was a very good season for me. I played 23 games in the Bundasliga and for me that was the highest level I could play at that age.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 26 Oct 2010