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Arsenal Internationals: What to Watch - Wednesday (3/31)

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Catch the Gunners in action as the international window wraps up.

Northern Ireland v USA - International Friendly Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The international window is nearly over. One final day of national team matches remains before the rest of the squad returns to training ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Liverpool this weekend. So if you are missing seeing some of the Gunners in action and/or just want a quick rundown of which Arsenal players are in action tomorrow we’ve got you covered.

Daniel Ballard (3 caps)

Match / Outlook: UEFA Group C World Cup Qualification - Northern Ireland vs. Bulgaria. The Arsenal U23 center back on loan at Blackpool this season started Northern Ireland’s last match, the 2-1 loss to the United States. They lost their first group match 2-0 away against Italy, but this home tie against Bulgaria is one they will see as a must-win for any hopes of finishing in the top two in the group. Will Ballard get a start for this critical match? Either way, his inclusion with the senior team is a great sign of his potential in the years ahead.

How to Watch: ESPN+ 2:45 pm ET

Sead Kolasinac (37)

Match / Outlook: UEFA Group D World Cup Qualification - Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. France. It was a 2-2 draw in the first group stage match for Kolasinac’s side, in what will be a fairly open race for the 2nd position. But it’s group leaders and current World Champions France coming to town for in what will be a difficult night for Sead and the Bosnia and Herzegovina backline. A home draw would be a huge result.

How to Watch: ESPN+ 2:45 pm ET

Bernd Leno (8)

Match / Outlook: UEFA Group J World Cup Qualification - Germany vs. North Macedonia. Germany as you would expect has a perfect group record after two matches and should likely cruise through the rest of Group J towards automatic qualification. Leno has been the third keeper for Germany so far, and while this match should be straightforward for them, it’s unlikely he gets into the match. With all the other action on at the same time, this might be a match to just check the scoreline afterward.

How to Watch: ESPN+ 2:45 pm ET

Konstantinos Mavropanos (1)

Match / Outlook: UEFA Group J World Cup Qualification - Greece vs. Georgia. An impressive run with Stuttgart in the Bundesliga earned Dinos his first senior cap with Greece and he was on the bench in their big 1-1 draw against Spain last week. They host Georgia in their second group game and with a win will be level on points with Spain for second place in the group. Mavropanos isn’t in line to start at the moment, but with his play this year he could be a regular for both Greece and Arsenal this time next year.

How to Watch: ESPN+ 2:45 pm ET

Kieran Tierney (18)

Match / Outlook: UEFA Group F World Cup Qualification - Scotland vs. the Faroe Islands. With two draws to open group play, Scotland is in third place heading into matchday three. Hope against the Faroe Islands will be considered a must-win in they want a chance to compete with Denmark and Austria. Tierney is a key piece and one of several Premier League players lining up for Scotland on Wednesday.

How to Watch: ESPN+ 2:45 pm ET

Granit Xhaka (87)

Match / Outlook: Switzerland vs. Finland. After picking up wins over Lithuania and Northern Ireland in Group C play, Granit Xhaka’s side is playing a friendly against Finland to round out this international window. Hopefully, the Arsenal midfielder will get a rest with the Liverpool match coming up this weekend.

How to Watch: ESPN3 2:45 pm ET

Eddie Nketiah (10) & Emile Smith Rowe (2)

Match / Outlook: 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group D - England vs. Croatia. After losing to Switzerland and Portugal’s U21 sides, England needs a win and help on Wednesday to advance the knockout rounds. Nketiah has been captaining the side, but Smith Rowe is now a doubt for not only Wednesday’s match but the Liverpool game at the weekend as well after picking up an injury. To advance England must beat Croatia, have Portugal beat Switzerland, and see a four-goal swing in the favor of the Three Lions.

How to Watch: ESPNU 12:00 pm ET

Matteo Guendouzi (19)

Match / Outlook: 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group C - France vs. Iceland. The French lost to group leaders Denmark before bouncing back with a 2-0 win over Russia. A win over last-place Iceland ensures France advances. Guendouzi captained the side in the loss to Denmark but was dropped to the bench and used as a late sub for the Russia match.

How to Watch: ESPNU 12:00 pm ET

Which matches and Arsenal players are you keeping an eye on as another international window comes to a close?