Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Wilshere, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Giroud, Sagna, Szczesny, Monreal, Cazorla, Vermaelen, Jenkinson on duty

Morning Gooners.

So finally the tedious international break is over and we can concentrate on what really matters... Arsenal.

A few of our players were in action last night. Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs came on as second half substitutes for England in their 1-0 defeat to Germany. The slow, slow Per Mertesacker played the whole 90 minutes and scored the only goal of the game. Gibbs played 37 minutes and Wilshere 26 minutes at Wembley.

Meanwhile in Paris, there wasn't an Arsenal player in the starting 11 for France as they beat Ukraine in their World Cup play off to book their place in Brazil next summer. Laurent Koscielny was suspended for this leg of the tie following his red card in the first game. But Olivier Giroud and Bacary Sagna came on as substitutes. The right back played the final 12 minutes of normal time, with Giroud coming on for the remaining eight minutes of the 90 to play.

It's great for France to have booked their place and will give the French contingent in our squad something to play for towards the end of this season. We saw how Andrey Arshavin was affected by Russia not qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa. Luckily we won't have the same issue with our French players.

Winners of the World Cup Spain lost 1-0 against 2010 hosts South Africa. Nacho Monreal played the whole 90 minutes and Santi Cazorla was a half time substitute in the world champions only defeat since losing the Confederations Cup to Brazil.

Wojciech Szczesny played the entire 90 minutes for Poland against the Republic of Ireland in a 0-0.

While Thomas Vermaelen was at the heart of the Belgium defence as they lost 3-2 to Japan. Vermaelen played the whole game.

And finally Carl Jenkinson scored and played the whole 90 minutes for England Under-21s as they beat San Marino Under-21s 9-0.

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