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Goals galore but a debut on ice: How Arsenal’s stars fared on international duty

The Gunners had 14 players on duty over the weekend

14 Arsenal players were involved in the latest round of fixtures over the international break, with several getting themselves on the scoresheet and plenty more impressing.

You can read about how the players got on in their first round of fixtures here.

Gabriel Martinelli enjoyed an excellent albeit brief cameo for Brazil as he came on late in the second half to help them to a 1-0 win over Peru. The winger won the corner that led to Marquinhos’ 90th-minute winner.

Both Gabriel and Gabriel Jesus were also involved, with the centre-back playing 90 minutes and helping the Selecao to a clean sheet, while Jesus was a second-half substitute for the South Americans.

There was also a strong outing for fellow winger Leandro Trossard, who scored an excellent goal for Belgium in their 5-0 win over Estonia before being taken off on the hour mark, where young goalkeeper Karl Hein was the unfortunate man between the posts for Estonia.

The goalscoring didn’t stop there either, with Martin Odegaard getting in on the act for Norway. The 24-year-old scored the second goal as his side edged past Georgia to keep their slim qualification hopes for next summer’s tournament alive.

Takehiro Tomiyasu also came off the substitutes bench for Japan as they thrashed Turkey 4-2 days after thrashing Havertz’s Germany 4-1 in what has been an excellent international break for the Asian side.

Jakub Kiwior played 90 minutes but couldn’t stop his Poland side falling to a 2-0 defeat away to Albania, which throws their chances of qualifying for next summer into doubt. As it stands, they sit fourth in their group, two points behind second-placed Czech Republic having played a game more and four points behind Albania.

Another side whose EURO2024 qualification hopes were dealt a blow were Oleksandr Zinchenko’s Ukraine side, who suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Italy. Arsenal’s man played 75 minutes in central midfield before being taken off as they struggled to bounce back from two early Italy goals.

Three more Gunners were in action in England’s 3-1 win over Scotland at Hampden Park. Aaron Ramsdale was afforded a rare start, while Declan Rice played 90 minutes in central midfield. Bukayo Saka was a second-half substitute for Gareth Southgate’s side, but Eddie Nketiah was left waiting until at least next month for his international debut, and could yet declare for Ghana.

David Raya was also left on the bench for Spain as they eased to a 5-0 win over Cyprus.


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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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