Havard Nordtveit - Ten Fast Facts

Find out more about our first summer signing Havard Nordtveit with our Ten Fast Facts…
  • Havard Nordtveit was born and raised in the village of Vats in the district of Haugaland in the far west of Norway.
  • Nordtveit was 16 years and two months old when he made his first-team debut for Haugesund in a 2-0 Adeccoligaen win over Sogndal on 20 August 2006.
  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger personally scouted Nordtveit before bringing the 17-year-old to north London in July 2007.
  • The young Nordtveit was a regular for Norway at U17, U19 and U21 levels before making his senior debut at the age of 20 in a 1-0 friendly win over Lithuania in Oslo in June 2011.
  • Nordtveit was loaned to Spanish side Salamanca in 2008, before appearing 21 times for Norwegian club Lillestrom the following year, mainly as a right-back.
  • A third loan spell from Arsenal saw Nordtveit spend the 2009/10 season with German Bundesliga side 1. FC Nürnberg, where he played predominantly as a defensive midfielder.
  • After three-and-a-half years with the Gunners, Nordtveit joined German club Borussia Moenchengladbach on a three-and-a-half year contract in December 2010.
  • The Norwegian has appeared at centre-half, defensive midfield, central midfield and right-back for Moenchengladbach, scoring 12 goals in 187 appearances across six seasons.
  • The 25-year-old made 20 appearances in UEFA competitions for Moenchengladbach, including six in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2015/16.
  • Nordtveit has made 28 appearances for Norway, including eight during the Scandinavians’ recent UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.