By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger expects Havard Nordtveit to complete a move to Borussia Monchengladbach in the next few days.

The Norwegian defender impressed on loan at Nurnberg last term and enjoyed a productive pre-season with Arsenal last summer but he has not featured for the first team since the new campaign began.

Wenger rates the versatile Nordtveit highly but he believes the 20-year-old needs regular football to continue his progress.

“He was not even practising every day with the first team, so he needs to play,” said the manager.

“He is a fantastic character, with great quality. He played last year because we gave him to Nurnberg [on loan], he came back and didn’t play and he needs to play now. That’s why we let him go.

“Yes [I had high hopes for him], but we have a number of centre backs and full backs so he didn’t get the games. I thought in December that it was the right moment for him to go and play.”

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