How Arsenal Players Got on During September International Break
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 18:43

How Arsenal Players Got on During September International Break

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 18:43

​With an abundance of stars in their ranks who play for their national squads, there were a host of Arsenal players who werent granted time off over the recent international break.

How Arsenal Players Got on During September International Break

All the players who took part over the last two weeks were due back at the club on Thursday, with some mixed results falling the way of the Gunners stars as they prepare for the return of league football.
Heres how they got on as they shift their attentions towards Sundays ​Premier League clash with Watford.

Dani Ceballos (Spain)
The midfielder impressed after being handed a start for Spain in their Euro 2020 qualifying clash with Romania. In just his seventh cap for La Roja, Ceballos played 76 minutes and had a prominent role of both of his sides goals. 
He won the foul that awarded the visitors a first-half penalty, then played a superb defence-splitting pass in the build-up to Paco Alcacers goal, which proved to be the winner.
Despite playing well in the hostile atmosphere, he was an unused substitute as Robert Morenos men ran out 4-0 winners over the Faroe Islands in their following match.

Lucas Torreira (Uruguay)
It will be an issue of concern for Emery heading into the weekends game, as Lucas Torreira was withdrawn before half-time of Uruguays 2-1 friendly win over Costa Rica. The midfielder requested to be taken off, in what would appear to be a precaution, as goals from Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Jonathan Rodríguez secured the victory.
For the following 1-1 friendly draw with the United States, Torreira was an unused substitute, which leaves the door open for a place in the clash with the Hornets.

Matteo Guendouzi (France)
Following Paul Pogbas withdrawal from the France squad due to injury, Guendouzi was a late addition to Didier Deschamps side for his maiden first-team call-up.
The midfielder was an unused substitute during the 4-1 win Euro 2020 qualifier win over Albania, while also failing to earn his first cap for the following 3-0 success over Andorra.

Sead Kolasinac (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
A regular for the national side, Kolasinac played every minute of his sides two fixtures over the international break. He was part of a defence that earned a clean sheet in the 5-0 thumping of minnows Liechtenstein in the first of their Euro 2020 qualifiers, as they made light work of the groups bottom side.
He wasnt quite impressive as in their next match, however, as Armenia put four past the visitors as Kolasinac side fell to a 4-2 defeat to leave them fourth in Group J. The left-back did register an assist, but it wasnt enough as his sides hopes of qualification hang by a thread.

Sokratis (Greece)
Greeces hopes of qualifying for next years European championships are all-but over after two disappointing results. Sokratis played every minute of his sides 1-0 defeat to high-flying Finland, but was powerless as Teemu Pukkis penalty sealed the win for the home side.
In their next match against bottom side Liechtenstein Sokratis wore the captains armband, but once again he was unable to inspire John vant Schips side to glory, falling to a 1-1 draw after Dennis Salanovic late equaliser.

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland)
Another player who endured a mixed bag over the international break was midfielder Xhaka. The Swiss played the full 90 minutes and wore the captains armband as the Red Crosses conceded a late David McGoldrick goal to draw 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin in their Euro 2020 qualifier.
He saw better success in their second match as Switzerland saw of Gibraltar 4-0, with Xhaka earning an assist in the match. One issue for Emery, however, was that Xhaka needed to be withdrawn after 74 minutes with an apparent Achilles injury.

Eddie Nketiah & Reiss Nelson (England Under-21)
Having already demonstrated his goalscoring ability during his season-long loan spell with Leeds United, Nketiah transferred that form over to the international stage with a brace in his sides win over Turkey.
The 20-year-old struck either side of a Turkey double in their 3-2 win, to get their Euro Under-21 qualifying campaign off to a winning start. Nketiah then started in the following clash with Kosovo as the Three Lions secured a 2-0 win to make it two wins from two in Group C.
Nelson also played his part in those clashes, netting the third goal in their victory over Turkey as the ​Arsenal duo both got on the scoresheet in the impressive win, with Nelsons goal proving to be the winner.
The 19-year-old also started in the win over Kosovo, but was withdrawn after 61 minutes after a solid shift from Aidy Boothroyds men.

Bernd Leno (Germany)
The Arsenal goalkeeper was an unused substitute in both of his sides matches in Euro 2020 qualifying, with the German unable to dislodge Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen from the number one and number two spots respectively.
Germany fell to a 4-2 loss at home to Netherlands in their opening fixture of the international break, before getting back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland.

Arsenal Players With No International Football This Month: Emiliano Martinez, Hector Bellerin (injured), Rob Holding (injured), Shkodran Mustafi, Dinos Mavropanos (injured), Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney (injured), David Luiz, Mesut Ozil (retired), Ainsely Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe (injured), Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe (injured).