We’ve reached the end of the international break, so let’s take a look back at how Arsenal’s senior and youth stars did with their countries.
The highlight of the Arsenal senior players’ break was Lucas Torreira winning the China Cup with Uruguay for the second year running. Alex Iwobi also played a couple of games, both of which were wins. Henrikh Mkhitaryan also appeared twice, scoring a penalty, as did Granit Xhaka who scored a very nice long-range goal of his own.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny and Sokratis Papastathopoulos all made one appearance each, with limited success. Only Lichtsteiner was on the winning side of those five.
The youth teams had a lot more success. Folarin Balogun, Bukayo Saka and Sam Greenwood all scored twice, with Balogun adding an assist and winning a penalty, and Saka providing an assist of his own. Mark McGuinness made his u19 Republic of Ireland debut from the bench, then scored on his first start.
Eddie Nketiah was on the losing side with England’s u20s on two occasions but did at least manage to score. Kelechi Nwakali played in a win and a defeat for the Nigeria u23s, providing an assist and helping them progress to the next round of AFCON u23 qualifiers on aggregate.
Here is the full round-up of results:
- Uzbekistan 0-3 Uruguay – Torreira played 20 minutes
- Nigeria 3-1 Seychelles – Iwobi started
- Burundi 1-1 Gabon – Aubameyang started
- Georgia 0-2 Switzerland – Xhaka and Lichtsteiner started
- Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 Armenia – Mkhitaryan started, scored 1
- Thailand 0-4 Uruguay – Torreira played 45 minutes
- Nigeria 1-0 Egypt – Elneny and Iwobi started
- Armenia 0-2 Finland – Mkhitaryan started
- Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-2 Greece – Kolasinac and Sokratis started
- Switzerland 3-3 Denmark – Xhaka started and scored 1
- Republic of Ireland u19s 5-0 Romania – McGuinness played 10 minutes
- England u19s 3-1 Czech Republic – Saka started, scored 2 and assisted 1
- Libya 2-0 Nigeria u23s – Nwakali started
- Japan 1-4 England u18s – Balogun and Daley-Campbell started, Balogun scored 1 and assisted 1
- Germany 2-2 France u21s – Guendouzi played 10 minutes
- England u17s 5-2 Switzerland – Greenwood and Azeez started, Greenwood scored 2
- England u20s 1-3 Poland – Nketiah started, scored 1
- England u21s 1-1 Poland u21s – Nelson and Bielik started, Nelson assisted 1
- Czech Republic 1-0 England u18s – Vontae Daley-Campbell played the final five minutes
- Republic of Ireland u19s 3-1 Azerbaijan – McGuinness came on for injury time
- Greece vs England u19s – Saka played 45 minutes
- England u17s 0-0 Croatia – Greenwood and Azeez started
- England u18s 3-2 Mexico – Balogun and Daley-Campbell started, Balogun scored 1 and won a penalty
- France u21s 0-1 Denmark – Guendouzi started
- Nigeria u23s 4-0 Libya – Nwakali started and assisted 1
- Denmark 2-2 England u19s – Saka started
- Russia 0-2 Republic of Ireland u19s – Mark McGuinness started and scored 1
- Portugal 1-0 England u20s – Willock and Nketiah started
- Denmark 2-3 England u17s – Greenwood and Azeez started