15 Arsenal players were called up by their countries for senior international fixtures over the March break, let’s look at the results.

Martin Odegaard of Norway during the UEFA Nations League football match between Norway and Northern Ireland on October 14, 2020 in Oslo. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grott / BILDBYRAN
Martin Odegaard of Norway during the UEFA Nations League football match between Norway and Northern Ireland on October 14, 2020, in Oslo. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grott / BILDBYRAN

The full list of Arsenal call-ups for the March international break was as follows:

  • Goalkeepers: Karl Hein (Estonia), Runar Alex Runarsson (Iceland), Bernd Leno (Germany)
  • Defenders: Daniel Ballard (Northern Ireland), Kieran Tierney (Scotland), Cedric Soares (Portugal), Konstantinos Mavropanos (Greece), Sead Kolasinac (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
  • Midfielders: Martin Odegaard (Norway), Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Thomas Partey (Ghana)
  • Forwards: Bukayo Saka (England), Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)

Note: Although Karl Hein did originally receive a call-up for Estonia, he missed all of their matches after a positive Covid test in their camp forced him into an isolation period. Similarly, Bukayo Saka had to pull out through injury.

Results

Wednesday 24th March

Martin Odegaard of Norway during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Gibraltar and Norway on March 24, 2021, in Gibraltar. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grott / BILDBYRAN
Martin Odegaard of Norway during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Gibraltar and Norway on March 24, 2021, in Gibraltar. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grott / BILDBYRAN
  • Finland 2-2 Bosnia & Herzegovina – Sead Kolasinac came on as a very late substitute in the 89th minute.
  • Gibraltar 0-3 Norway – Martin Odegaard played the first half for Norway and created three chances including one big chance, but he came off at half-time with a knock.

Thursday 25th March

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrating with Denis Bouanga on international duty with Gabon (Photo via ASSEOfficiel on Twitter)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrating with Denis Bouanga on international duty with Gabon (Photo via ASSEOfficiel on Twitter)
  • Gabon 3-0 DR Congo – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played the full 90 minutes, scored one goal, and assisted another. The win qualified Gabon for AFCON next January.
  • Bulgaria 1-3 Switzerland – Granit Xhaka played 90 minutes and completed 113 passes, with a 95% success rate.
  • Scotland 2-2 Austria – Kieran Tierney played 90 minutes and won 10 of his 12 individual duels on the left of the Scotland back three.

Friday 26th March

Nicolas Pepe celebrating with his Ivory Coast teammates (Photo via Pepe on Instagram)
Nicolas Pepe celebrating with his Ivory Coast teammates (Photo via Pepe on Instagram)

Saturday 27th March

Cedric Soares playing for Portugal (Photo via Cedric on Twitter)
Cedric Soares playing for Portugal (Photo via Cedric on Twitter)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina 0-0 Costa Rica – Sead Kolasinac played 81 minutes and helped his team to a clean sheet.
  • Norway 0-3 Turkey – Martin Odegaard played 90 minutes after returning from injury. He completed 90% of his passes as one of Norway’s few positive performers.
  • Serbia 2-2 Portugal – Cedric Soares played 90 minutes and assisted Portugal’s second goal.

Sunday 28th March

28.03.2021, Greece versus Honduras. Sotiris Alexandropoulos (L) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (R) of Greece up against Alberth Elis M of Honduras. Photo via Imago
28.03.2021, Greece versus Honduras. Sotiris Alexandropoulos (L) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (R) of Greece up against Alberth Elis M of Honduras. Photo via Imago
  • Greece 2-1 Honduras – Konstantinos Mavropanos made his senior international debut and played 90 minutes for Greece.
  • Ghana 3-1 São Tomé and Príncipe – Thomas Partey completed 90 minutes of his only match of the international break, a comfortable win.
  • Northern Ireland 1-2 USA – Daniel Ballard played 79 minutes and performed well despite the referee giving a very controversial penalty against him.
  • Israel 1-1 Scotland – Kieran Tierney put in another impressive display and played another 90 minutes for Scotland. Playing at centre-back again, there was nothing he could do about the long-range goal they conceded, and he won 9/9 individual duels.
  • Switzerland 1-0 Lithuania – Granit Xhaka also played another 90 minutes and only completed two fewer passes than in his first game, with 111 this time.

Monday 29th March

Mohamed Elneny (top row, 2nd from right) with the Egypt squad (Photo via Pharaohs on Twitter)
Mohamed Elneny (top row, 2nd from right) with the Egypt squad (Photo via Pharaohs on Twitter)
  • Egypt 4-0 Comoros – Mohamed Elneny played 90 minutes and scored the opening goal with a curling effort from outside the box.

Tuesday 30th March

Sead Haksabanovic of Montenegro and Martin Odegaard of Norway during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier football match between Montenegro and Norway on March 30, 2021. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grott / BILDBYRAN
Sead Haksabanovic of Montenegro and Martin Odegaard of Norway during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier football match between Montenegro and Norway on March 30, 2021. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grott / BILDBYRAN
  • Montenegro 0-1 Norway – Martin Odegaard completed 81 minutes playing largely on the right. Despite his injury concerns earlier in the week, he came off early without a hint of a knock.

Wednesday 31st March

Kieran Tierney with Scotland (Photo via ScotlandNT on Twitter)
Kieran Tierney with Scotland (Photo via ScotlandNT on Twitter)
  • Liechtenstein 1-4 Iceland – Runar Alex Runarsson played the full 90 minutes and made two saves.
  • Northern Ireland 0-0 Bulgaria – Daniel Ballard played 74 minutes for Northern Ireland, somewhat out of position at right-back.
  • Scotland 4-0 Faroe Islands – Kieran Tierney provided a hat-trick of assists for Scotland and played 79 minutes.
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina 0-1 France – Sead Kolasinac played 90 minutes.
  • Switzerland 3-2 Finland – Granit Xhaka came on at half-time with Switzerland 2-1 down and captained them to victory.
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