With the international break now coming to an end, let’s take a look at all of Arsenal’s call-ups and results for March.
Before we get into Arsenal’s senior call-ups this month, let’s run through the reasoning behind some of the absentees.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, Matt Turner, Omar Rekik, and Karl Hein would all normally join up with their national teams, but the quartet are currently out through injury.
Gabriel Magalhaes was called up by Brazil but withdrew too given the imminent birth of his child.
Bernd Leno has simply missed out this time, his first international absence since the summer of 2019. His total lack of games in the build-up to the German announcement is surely the reason why, so it’s a shame the Aston Villa start and clean sheet came too late.
As for Nuno Tavares (Portugal) and Folarin Balogun (England), they were both involved with their countries’ u21 sides. William Saliba was initially called up by the France u21s, but he’s since been promoted to the senior side.
Let’s take a look at the rest of the call-ups.
Arsenal international call-ups
- Belgium: Albert Sambi Lokonga
- Brazil: Gabriel Magalhaes (withdrawn) and Gabriel Martinelli
- Egypt: Mohamed Elneny
- England: Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka (withdrawn), Ben White and Emile Smith Rowe
- France: William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi
- Ghana: Thomas Partey
- Greece: Konstantinos Mavropanos
- Iceland: Runar Alex Runarsson
- Ivory Coast: Nicolas Pepe
- Northern Ireland: Daniel Ballard
- Norway: Martin Odegaard
- Portugal: Cedric Soares
- Scotland: Kieran Tierney
- Switzerland: Granit Xhaka
- Uruguay: Lucas Torreira
Thursday, March 24th
- Portugal 3-1 Turkey – Cedric was an unused substitute as Portugal made it to the World Cup qualifying play-off final
- Scotland 1-1 Poland – Tierney scored a header for Scotland, playing 90 minutes and winning the Player of the Match award
- Brazil 4-0 Chile – Martinelli made his debut for Brazil, coming on for the final 15 minutes
- Uruguay 1-0 Peru – Torreira played 14 minutes as a substitute as Uruguay qualified for the World Cup
Friday, March 25th
- Norway 2-0 Slovakia – Odegaard played 90 minutes, scored, and won Man of the Match
- Romania 0-1 Greece – Mavropanos played 90 minutes and helped Greece to a clean sheet
- Luxembourg 1-3 Northern Ireland – Ballard was an unused substitute
- Egypt 1-0 Senegal – Elneny played 90 minutes as Egypt put together a slight lead to take into their World Cup qualifier second leg
- Ghana 0-0 Nigeria – Partey played 90 minutes but Ghana and Nigeria remained locked at 0-0 ahead of their World Cup qualifier second leg
- France 2-1 Ivory Coast – Saliba made his France debut, coming on for 31 minutes. Pepe played 84 minutes for the Ivory Coast and scored their only goal. Guendouzi played the final 15 minutes and assisted France’s winner.
Saturday, March 26th
- Finland 1-1 Iceland – Runarsson played 90 minutes for Iceland
- Ireland 2-2 Belgium – Lokonga was an unused substitute
- England 2-1 Switzerland – White played 90 minutes for England, whilst Xhaka played 90 for Switzerland
Monday, March 28th
- Montenegro 1-0 Greece – Mavropanos played 90 minutes for Greece
Tuesday, March 29th
- Switzerland 1-1 Kosovo – Xhaka played 62 minutes in his 100th game for Switzerland
- Senegal 1-0 Egypt – Elneny played 70 minutes for Egypt, who lost the game to send their World Cup play-off to penalties as it finished 1-1 on aggregate. Egypt then missed three penalties to lose the shootout and miss out on the World Cup
- Nigeria 1-1 Ghana – Partey played 90 minutes and scored the vital away goal for Ghana to send them to the World Cup
- Norway 9-0 Armenia – Odegaard played 90 minutes and provided two assists from his five chances created. He set up the fourth and eighth goals of the game
- Belgium 3-0 Burkina Faso – Lokonga was an unused substitute
- England 3-0 Ivory Coast – White made his second start of the break, playing 45 minutes, and Smith Rowe came off the bench for the final 28 minutes. Pepe played 45 minutes for the opposition
- Spain 5-0 Iceland – Runarsson played 90 minutes for Iceland
- Northern Ireland 0-1 Hungary – Ballard played 82 minutes for Northern Ireland and was praised despite the defeat
- Portugal 2-0 North Macedonia – Cedric was an unused substitute as Portugal qualified for the World Cup
- Austria 2-2 Scotland – Tierney played 90 minutes and provided an assist for Scotland, setting up their second goal
- France 5-0 South Africa – Saliba played 90 minutes on his first start for France and helped them keep a clean sheet, Guendouzi came off the bench for 11 minutes to score
Wednesday, March 30th
- Bolivia 0-4 Brazil – Martinelli came off the bench for 36 minutes
- Chile 0-2 Uruguay – Torreira played 74 minutes for Uruguay