Feb 09

Arsenal players stay injury-free on International duty

International friendlies usually mean three things for Arsene Wenger’s side; knocks, bruises and injuries. However, it appears that the majority of Arsenal players have managed to stay injury-free during today’s games, much to the manager’s delight.

Gooner Talk have published a selection of match summaries from tonight’s friendlies, focusing on the Arsenal stars playing for their countries.

Denmark 1-2 England:

Theo Walcott played 68 minutes in Copenhagen and created an equaliser for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. Arsenal’s other England starlet Jack Wilshere was brought off at half time after a comfortable first half performance. Fabio Capello’s side were missing Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand who was ruled out with a calf injury. He’s a doubt for the upcoming Man Utd v Man City title clash, with tickets available on TixDaq.

Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner linked up well with his supporting wide players but failed to get on the scoresheet at The Parken Stadium.

France 1-0 Brazil:

Bacary Sagna played the full 90 minutes for France against Brazil. The Frenchman was composed as ever at right back, blocking many attacks down his flank and also had a hand in the Karim Benzema’s winning goal. Abou Diaby replaced debutant Yann M’Vila with half an hour to go. Fellow Arsenal stars Gael Clichy and Laurent Koscielny were un-used substitutes.

Croatia 4-2 Czech Republic:

Tomas Rosicky scored for the Czech Republic in their 4-2 defeat to Croatia. Former Arsenal striker Eduardo netted the opener for the Croats.

Iran 1-0 Russia:

Andrey Arshavin was Russia’s only real bright spark during their 1-0 defeat against Iran. The forward played in a central role behind lone striker Alexander Kerzakhov.

Morocco 3-0 Niger

Frontman Marouane Chamakh had a poor game against Niger, missing a sitter from 5 yards out. The game finished 3-0 to Chamakh’s side.

Ivory Coast 1-0 Mali

Emmanuel Eboue started and played the full game as Ivory Coast beat Mali 1-0 on Tuesday. Hannover striker Didier Ya Konan’s third minute goal was enough for the Ivorians to win.

Poland 1-0 Norway

Arsenal no.1 Wojciech Szczesny was handed a start in goal and managed to keep a clean sheet against Norway. Despite some poor kicking, the Pole pulled off some top saves denying John Arne Riise several times.  Robert Lewandowski’s fantastic first half goal secured the win.


12 Responses to “Arsenal players stay injury-free on International duty”

  1. james says:


  2. Toks says:

    And we can all breathe again. Now time to focus on wolves, ooh to be a gooner!

  3. jack says:

    excellent updates thanks mate

  4. ozgooner says:

    no injuries – too good to be true really …. especially with great news about JD’s knee being little more than bruising… need to rest him now for Barca midweek. Sure Koz n Squil can do the job against Wolves

  5. jeremy says:

    whats with Song, is he OK? cant find anything on his injury.

  6. Phemchy_NIGERIA says:

    Thanx 4 d updates.
    We can now smile again

  7. yemysmith says:

    i tanx GOD 4 dis.at last,we could ve 98percent of our first team in action 4 our crucial barca games

  8. Segzeal says:

    Good one, next up Wolverhampton wanderers. Oh and the need for focus from everyone, because i expect utd to drop points because citeh knows how to defend when they cant attack.

  9. pastaface says:

    Wolves will be on a high from the Man U win, so the guys need to focus. But I hope they have learned their lesson as to not underestimate anyone, even when you are 4-0 up, as there is also a possiblilty of a 12th man.

  10. Marty Price says:

    Chamakh was ballin,can we have ore of him and less of Nick”IAm The Best” Bendtner?


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