How the Gunners fared on International Duty

On 19th November 2014 by Kieran

England:

England played host to Slovenia in the first of their International matches. Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs all featured in the starting eleven whilst Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Calum Chambers featured on the bench. Wilshere showed promising signs in the deeper midfield role successfully completing 94% of his passes( and not managing to get injured!). Whilst Danny Welbeck secured the match for England with his two goals now making it 5 goals in 4 games for England during their European Qualifying matches. Kieran Gibbs was also given his chance to display why he should be the first choice Left-Back over both Luke Shaw and Leighton Baines, performing convincingly and giving England another option whilst on the attack and helping to create England’s third goal of the night. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Raheem Sterling in the 85th minute but with little time left did not have much impact to make. Both Theo Walcott and Calum Chambers remained on the bench.

England’s second match saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain score as England beat Scotland at Celtic Park. Jack Wilshere had yet another successful match in a deep midfield role, using the ball well in midfield and getting into tackles as often as he could his main highlight being a superb long ball over to Oxlade-Chamberlain who put England ahead with a glancing header. Although Danny Welbeck did not score for England his work rate off the ball was yet again sublime, he linked up well with Rooney but did struggle with finishing in the final third. Both Theo Walcott and Calum Chambers remained on the bench. With Kieran Gibbs replacing an injured Luke Shaw, Gibbs showed yet again an attacking motive performing well as a replacement for Shaw, although needed to be careful he was not caught out too far up the pitch on a few occasions.

Chile:

Arsenal’s current superstar Alexis Sanchez continued his great form finding the net in Chile’s 5-0 demolition of Venezuela. Against Uruguay the Chilean also found the back of the net giving Chile the lead, although this was not enough to secure them the win with Uruguay fighting back to earn a 1-2 win.

Germany:

Lukas Podolski played a full 90 minutes and grabbed two assists as Germany eased their way past Gibraltar in a 4-0 victory. The German did wate a couple of opportunities but performed generally well throughout the match. Podolski was the only Gunner to feature in the Germany squad to face Gibraltar with Mesut Ozil still recovering from injury and Per Mertesacker retiring from International duties after World Cup success. although Podolski remained on the bench for the entirety of Germany’s 1-0 win against Spain.

Costa Rica:

Joel Campbell‘s Costa Rica held Uruguay to a draw, then beating them on penalties. Costa Rica took the lead twice against Uruguay with an assist from Campbell setting up Bryan Ruiz giving the visitors a 2-1 lead, although this was simply not enough during regular match play, with the Costa Rica beating Uruguay 6-7 on penalties.

Wales:

Wales came away with a draw against what is possibly their toughest opponent in Group B of the European Qualifying. Aaron Ramsey did secure a full 90 minutes without injury although it not being one of his most convincing performances, seeing the ball very little and squandering possession on multiple occasions.

Spain:

Spain saw off Belarus in  a comfortable 3-0 victory with Santi Cazorla giving a more re-assuring performance compared to some of his recent matches for Arsenal. The Spaniard showed some successful movement in the midfield area creating multiple chances for teammates that unfortunately were not finished. Cazorla also remained on the bench for the entirety of Spain’s loss against Germany.

Under 21’s

Arsenal’s infamous Yaya Sanogo offered his services to France’s Under 21’s squad as captain but could not get himself on the score sheet.

France’s U21’s second match of the Internationals saw them host England in Brest. After falling 2-0 down to two goals from Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Yaya Sanogo fought the comeback scoring two not quite spectacular goals putting the match back on level terms. Sanogo showed successful strength as the lone striker, holding up the ball well to lay off both to the midfield and the support out wide. Having only managed 2 shots on target so far this season for Arsenal, Sanogo is looking to compete with the likes of Giroud and Welbeck for the lone striker role for Arsenal, perhaps Wenger may be a little more relieved by this performance.

Carl Jenkinson (Currently at West Ham) played a full 90 minutes for England’s U21’s and scoring as England triumphed over Portugal at Turf Moor continuing their 11 match win streak.

Jenkinson did not start in England U21’s second match but did get some game time. His participation in the match varied although he was caught out of position leading to France’s third goal and the end to the England U21’s win streak.

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