Along with Danny Welbeck’s five minute cameo for England and the surrounding controversy, some other Arsenal players were involved in action for their national sides.
Mo Elneny had a leisurely run out for Egypt in a 6-0 win against Niger in their opening African Nations Cup qualifier. He even managed to pop up with the final goal of the six, which apparently bounced off the keeper into the net. Sounds a cracker!
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang equalised against Burundi, thus salvaging a draw for Gabon in more African Cup action. Auba also captained the side.
Granit played the full ninety for Switzerland as they cruised past Iceland on Saturday. Granit was booked – Quelle Surprise! Stephan Lichtsteiner didn’t even appear to be on the bench?????
Sokratis Papastathopoulos also played the full match in Greece’s sparkling 1-0 win over Estonia.
Lucas Torreira was substituted at half time playing for Uruguay versus Mexico and apparently had ice applied to his calf during the second half. Cosmic.
Rambo lost with Wales to a couple of spawny efforts from Eriksen.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan also lost in Armenia’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Macedonia.
Granit, Stephan and Danny could feature in the tedious England Switzerland friendly at Wembley.
Sokratis will again have the chance to hone his skills against Hungary in one of the group C games of the UEFA Nations Cup.