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.
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.
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.