Two Arsenal players were in action for their countries on Monday evening.

Here’s how they got on.


Wojciech Szczesny played 45 minutes for Poland during their 1-1 draw against Slovenia. The match was only a friendly, hence the reason he only came on for the second half and I don’t think the goalkeeper will lose much sleep over it considering he’s not been first choice since the beginning of the Euros.

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Rob Holding got 82 minutes for the Young Lions in their disappointing 3-1 loss against France, while Chambers, who played in the last match, was an unused substitute.

A brace from Celtic’s rising star, Moussa Dembele, and late goal from Wylan Cyprien was too much for England, who could only score two through Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore and Lewis Baker (again).

Speaking after the match, the u21’s coach, Aidy Boothroyd, admitted that he was frustrated but could still take positives from the performance.

He claimed that there were some decent individual displays and seems to believe there’s a good foundation to work on.

“We’ve had two really good tests this week and I think this group will learn from this game,” said Boothroyd.

“Sometimes you can’t win every week and when you don’t win, you’ve got to make sure you don’t get beat.

“We had enough chances in the first half to put the game to bed, and we should’ve built on that but looking at the big picture, we’re going to the European Championships and we’ve got to learn lessons from this and the games we win.

“This team doesn’t lose very often so we’ve got to make sure we get back to that winning feeling when we get to March.

“But there’s been positives, with some really good group and individual performances I thought. We’ve played every player in the squad and we’ve had a really good look at it.”

Hopefully Holding won’t take the loss to heart and will keep working hard to be included in the team.