Arsenal Internationals Roundup

Michael Regan

Rounding up the Interlull

The interlull is over! And, in it, England beat Brazil 2-1 at Wembley to claim the 2014 World Cup, because that's how such things work. ROAR! and arise Sir Roy, etc etc. Anyway, here's how our international players

  • Benik Afobe - Played 45 minutes for England's U-21s, and did nothing of note in a 4-0 victory over Sweden.
  • Chuba Akpom - Akpom, nicknamed "Chubz" by Arsenal's youngsters on Twitter, scored twice in a 2-1 England U-19 win over Denmark. The goals can be viewed here.
  • Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain - Wilshere starred in England's 2-1 victory over Brazil, playing some excellent through balls, two for Theo Walcott, with one of those through balls to Walcott setting up Wayne Rooney for the opening goal. Wilshere was named man of the match. Theo Walcott played very well, ripping Adriano apart, but, worryingly, was slightly hobbling post match. He did, though, look okay while playing. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did not come off the bench.
  • Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker - Mertesacker played 90 minutes and denied Yohan Cabaye an equalising goal for France in the last minute as Germany came away with a 2-1 victory. Podolski played 68 minutes before being replaced by Andre Schurrle.
  • Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud - Koscielny had an excellent 45 minutes for France, but was subbed off with a calf injury, which Arsene Wenger, on French TV, said "was not good". Yelp. Giroud came on for 10 minutes at the end when France were trailing, while Sagna played all 90 minutes.
  • Wojciech Szczesny - Played 45 minutes in Poland's 2-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland, conceding one goal and making an excellent save.
  • Aaron Ramsey - Did not play for Wales, apparently had a slight calf problem.
  • Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal - Cazorla started, and played 71 minutes in Spain's 3-1 victory over Uruguay in Qatar. Cazorla played in a deeper role, replacing Xavi, who pulled out with "injury". Nacho Monreal replaced Jordi Alba for 12 minutes at the end.
  • Tomas Rosicky -

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