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How Did Arsenal Players Fare Over the International Break?

How Arsenal Players Fared on International Duty.

Petr Cech:

Despite retiring from International football in the summer following the Czech Republic’s disappointing Euro 2016, Petr Cech was honoured with the Czech player of the year last week.

He hasn’t been anywhere close to his best this year, however, in my opinion, the award is still deserved.

Petr Cech was honoured with the Czech player of the year last week.

David Ospina:

Ospina played the full 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet in Colombia’s 1-0 win over Bolivia in Barranquilla.

Ospina’s brother-in-law James Rodriguez scored the match winning goal in the 83rd minute, in what was a vital win for Los Cafeteros.

Hector Bellerin:

Bellerin was an unused substitute in Spain U21’s convincing win over Denmark U21’s.

Despite not playing, goals from Mikel Merino, Saul and Denis Suarez helped Spain come from behind to win.

Laurent Koscielny:

Koscielny played a full 90 minutes as Les Bleus beat Luxembourg 3-1 in France.

The Arsenal captain was denied a clean sheet following a converted penalty from Aurelien Joachim.

Laurent Koscielny was denied a clean sheet in France’s 3-1 win over Luxembourg.

Shkodran Mustafi:

Musti was an unused substitute in both Germany victories against England and Azerbaijan.

Rob Holding:

Holding was another Arsenal player that was confined to the bench, as he watched England U21’s lose to their German counterparts.

Nacho Monreal:

Monreal watched on from the bench as Spain put in a dominating 4-1 performance over Israel in World Cup Qualifying.

Goals  from Diego Costa, David Silva, Vitolo and Isco ensures that Monreal will come back to Arsenal in high spirits.

Granit Xhaka:

Xhaka was a rare Arsenal player that featured for his country in this International break as he played the entirety of Switzerland’s 1-0 win over Latvia.

Xhaka’s former Borussia Monchengladbach teammate, Josip Drmic gave his country the victory.

Aaron Ramsey:

Rambo played a full 90 minutes in Wales’ bore draw with Republic of Ireland.

Our number 8 tried to break down a resolute Irish defence alongside Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, however, neither could come up with the decisive moment.

The game will be best remembered for a horrific leg break suffered by Everton’s Seamus Coleman following a Neil Taylor challenge.

Mesut Ozil:

Following a long term illness that has kept ‘Magic Mes’ out of action for a number of weeks.

The German playmaker made his return to action in the second half of Germany’s 4-1 win over Azerbaijan.

In a performance that Bayern Munich’s Mat Hummels called arrogance because of the sloppy goal that his side conceded.

Post-match, Ozil went on to say in an interview that he was close to deciding on his future, but that he is happy and comfortable in North London.

He also expressed that he believes Arsenal will get back on track soon.

Mesut Ozil made his comeback from injury in Germany’s win against Azerbaijan.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:

Despite not playing in Lukas Podolski’s final Germany game in the Westfalenstadion, Ox did play the full 90 minutes in England’s World Cup Qualifying game against Lithuania.

Goals from Jermaine Defoe and Jamie Vardy secured a 2-0 win for England at Wembley.

Alex Iwobi:

Big 17 played the first hour of Nigeria’s friendly draw against Senegal.

Moussa Sow gave Senegal the lead, before Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho equalised through a penalty with only seven minutes left to go.

Alexis Sanchez:

A Lionel Messi penalty consigned Alexis’ Chile side to a 1-0 defeat against Argentina in an important World Cup Qualifying game.

Sanchez rattled the crossbar with a second half free-kick, but could not inspire a comeback for his national side. Whilst away with his country,

Alexis was also honoured with a statue in his home town of Tocopilla due to his brilliant career up to this point.

Olivier Giroud:

Olivier Giroud had arguably the best international break of any Arsenal player as he became one of France’s top scorers of all time.

Giroud scored twice to help France beat Luxembourg 3-1.

Following the game, the mercurial Frenchman was open with his praise of Arsene Wenger and exclaimed that he wanted to score at least six more goals this season to take him to 100 goals for Arsenal and averaging 20 goals a season.

Olivier Giroud moved into the top 10 of all time scorers for France after bagging two goals against Luxembourg.

Written by Jack Flannigan