I went down to the Emirates on Wednesday for the Brazil vs Sweden game so didn't have much time to review many things Arsenal, but I'm shaken off my Samba thoughts and will also take a look at Arsene's words and a round up of the International Scene...
International Round Up
Before we get into the hard stuff, here’s a quick round up of the International friendlies this week, who featured where and what and how.
Let’s start at home and Gilberto featured for Brazil in the Brazil vs Sweden friendly at the Emirates. It was a good run out for the lad and some extra match practice, which is only going to be beneficial for the ex-captain.
From one captain to another, William Gallas played for France against England. For those who missed it, Willie had a decent game, playing in the centre of defence, largely untroubled. France won 1 -0 thanks to ex-Gooner Anelka being tumbled in the box and previous Arsenal target Ribery scored from the penalty spot.
Although he was called up and trained with the England first team, he wasn’t selected, so he comes back un-injured! Good experience for the youngster and recognition of his recent good work on the pitch.
Robin Van Persie
Most Arsenal fans, myself included, shiver when RVP get’s called up to play for his country. We don’t know if he will return fit, but this time he did. He played the full 90 minutes and it was a good an exciting run out for him as Holland came back from 3-1 down to Austria to win 4-3. Although RVP didn’t score, he played well and got some minutes and sharpness under his belt…!
Phillippe Senderos & Jens Lehmann
Young Phillippe played the first 75 minutes for Switzerland as they lost to Germany 4-0. Not a great night for Phillippe but you can’t argue against experience. Jens played the full game for Germany and kept a clean sheet, always positive.
Young Cescy played the fill 90 minutes for Spain as they beat the world champions, Italy, 1-0 – David Villa with the goal. He recently compared himself to Xavi in his role at Arsenal. He played alongside the Barcelona player who really stole the show. Fabregas came into the game in the second half and shot well twice against an in-form Buffon.
Young Niklas played the full 90 minutes for Denmark versus the Czech Republic – and guess what? He scored again… he really does have a knack for scoring at International level… maybe time for Bendtner?
Hleb, Toure & Eboue
Hleb played 90 minutes for Belarus v Turkey and had a good game – his brother actually scored in this game to put Belarus 2-1 up – maybe they should practice together? The Ivorians took on Tunisia and lost 2 -0, neither injured (thank God Kolo, never mind Eboue!)
Okay, I hope that’s given you the low-down…
The Premiership is back so it’s going to be an action packed weekend… more later…]]>