Saturday, 13 October 2012

Walcott crocked -AOC scores -Ramsey "electrifying" -Forward going "home" -£11m Zaha "cheap"

Morning Gooners.

So last night we saw the first games in this round of international fixtures. Here's the information I've found out about the Arsenal players involved in matches last night.

Theo Walcott played just five minutes of England's 5-0 win over San Marino. The 23-year-old was clattered by the visitors goalkeeper and taken to hospital with a suspected broken rib. However Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a more successful game, scoring his first international goal for his country in the 77th minute. The Ox played the whole 90 minutes.

In Dublin, Per Mertesacker played the whole 90 minutes in Germany's 6-1 mauling of the Republic of Ireland. Lukas Podolski was brought on for the final 24 minutes.

Santi Cazorla played 90 minutes for Spain at they tonked Belarus 4-0 in Minsk.

Thomas Vermaelen helped Belgium keep a clean sheet as he played the whole 90 minutes of his country's 3-0 victory over Serbia.

Had Laurent Koscielny been more accurate with a fourth minute effort, France's result last night might have been different. Instead a late smash-and-grab goal from Yasuyuki Konno ensured Japan won their game at the Stade de France. Koscielny and Olivier Giroud played the whole 90 minutes in the shock defeat.

Johan Djourou played the whole 90 minutes of Switzerland's 1-1 with Norway.

In Cardiff, Aaron Ramsey was booked in Wales' 2-1 win over Scotland. The 21-year-old described by The Sun as "at his electrifying best" played the whole 90 minutes. The yellow card means the midfielder is suspended for his country's trip to Croatia on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has opened the door again for Marouane Chamakh to make a return "home" to the French club in January.

And Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman says his club would be selling youngster Wilfried Zaha on the 'cheap' if they sell him for £11 million.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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