Arsenal had a total of 12 players in action during the international break. Find out how the Gunners such as Alexis, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil performed for their countries.
Olivier Giroud France Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny Tuesday, September 6, Belarus 0-0 FranceThursday, September 1, Italy 1-3 FranceLaurent Koscielny kept a clean sheet in France’s 0-0 draw with Belarus in their World Cup qualifier. Olivier Giroud also played 83 minutes of the clash. Giroud also hit the target in France’s 3-1 friendly victory against Italy. Graziano Pelle cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener, before Giroud and Layvin Kurzawa hit the target. Koscielny was substituted in the 83rd minute.
Theo Walcott EnglandTheo Walcott Sunday, September 4, Slovakia 0-1 England Theo Walcott made his return to the England team on Sunday, playing the final 19 minutes of the 1-0 win over Slovakia in World Cup qualifying. The Three Lions found a late winner when Adam Lallana’s strike squirmed over the line, with Walcott denied a goal of his own moments earlier by the offside flag.
Mesut Ozil GermanyMesut Ozil, Shkodran MustafiSunday, September 4, Norway 0-3 GermanyWednesday, August 31, Germany 2-0 FinlandMesut Ozil played the full 90 minutes as Germany won 3-0 in Norway to begin their World Cup qualification campaign. A Joshua Kimmich strike was sandwiched by a brace for Thomas Muller as Die Mannschaft got off to a winning start. Shkodran Mustafi was an unused substitute. Ozil also scored in Germany’s 2-0 friendly win against Finland after coming on as a substitute in the 77th minute. Max Meyer put the hosts ahead, while Ozil got himself on the scoresheet with a clever finish in the 77th minute. Mustafi played the full 90 minutes of the fixture.
Granit Xhaka SwitzerlandGranit Xhaka Tuesday, September 6, Switzerland 2-0 Portugal Granit Xhaka was sent off in Switzerland’s 2-0 win against Portugal in their World Cup qualifier. Admir Mehmedi opened the scoring, before Breel Embolo secured the victory against the European champions. Xhaka received his marching orders when he was booked for a second time in injury time.
Alexis ChileAlexis Wednesday, September 7, Chile 0-0 Bolivia Friday, September 2, Paraguay 2-1 Chile Alexis played the full 90 minutes of Chile’s 0-0 draw with Bolivia in their World Cup qualifier. The forward also played the full 90 minutes of Chile’s 2-1 defeat against Paraguay in their World Cup qualifier. Oscar Romero opened the scoring early on, before Paulo Da Silva added a second three minutes later. Arturo Vidal pulled one back, but La Roja could not get back into the game.
David Ospina ColombiaDavid OspinaWednesday, September 7, Brazil 2-1 Colombia Thursday, September 1, Colombia 2-0 Venezuela David Ospina played the full 90 minutes of Colombia’s 2-1 defeat against Brazil in their World Cup qualifier. Joao Miranda put the hosts ahead after two minutes, before Marquinhos’ own goal levelled the scores. Neymar struck the deciding goal in the 74th minute. The goalkeeper also played kept a clean sheet in Colombia’s 2-0 win against Venezuela in their World Cup qualifier. James Rodriguez opened the scoring, before Macnelly Berrio secured the victory.
Mohamed Elneny EgyptMohamed Elneny Tuesday, September 6, South Africa 1-0 Egypt Mohamed Elneny played 78 minutes of Egypt’s disappointing 1-0 friendly defeat to South Africa. Terence Mpho Makola’s goal was the difference between the two sides.
Calum Chambers England Under-21sCalum Chambers, Chuba Akpom, Rob Holding Tuesday, September 6, England Under-21s 6-1 Norway Under-21s Calum Chambers played the full 90 minutes of England’s emphatic 6-1 victory against Norway in their Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifier. Marcus Rashford and Nathaniel Chalobah put the Three Lions ahead at the break, before Ruben Loftus-Cheek added a third just after the hour mark. Rashford scored again, before Ghayas Zahid pulled one back for Norway. Rashford completed his hat-trick when he converted a penalty, and Lewis Baker completed the scoring late on. Chuba Akpom was a late substitute, while Holding did not play.
Hector Bellerin ArsenalHector Bellerin Monday, September 5, Sweden Under-21s 1-1 Spain Under-21s Thursday, September 1, Spain Under-21s 6-0 San Marino Under-21s Hector Bellerin played the full 90 minutes of Spain’s 1-1 draw with Sweden in their Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifier. Gerard Deulofeu put the visitors in front, but an own goal from Mikel Merino meant the points were shared. The defender also kept a clean sheet in Spain’s 6-0 victory against San Marino in their Uefa Under-21 Championship. Diego Gonzalez put the hosts ahead, before two goals each from Munir and Santi Mina followed by a late Inaki Williams strike secured victory.
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