In all 16 members of the the Arsenal first team squad participated in the recent international fixtures. While many first-team members played for their respective countries, unusually it was mainly Arsenal’s young and fringe players that showcased their ability. Stand-out performers from the international break are listed below!
Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell (currently out on loan to Lorient) managed a stunning long range effort that put Costa Rica ahead of Spain by 2-0. Receiving the ball right of the pitch, Campbell turned and side-footed a curling shot which snuck in the far post passed the diving attempt of Iker Casillas. The video of his effort can be watched here. He was always lively and threatening with his pace and trickery. Good signs for Arsenal fans as the youngster begins to show what he is capable of!
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny deservedly got his first international debut for France after producing some outstanding and consistent form for Arsenal. Throughout the match he looked very assured and produced a solid performance, although USA did offer little on attack. Great for the Arsenal defender to finally get the call-up though! Hopefully he has many more appearances for France after finally making his breakthrough!
One of the gunner’s up-and-coming prospects Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a man of the match performance against Iceland’s under-21 team. The young Englishman looked menacing and was very unlucky to score in the tie. Always threatening and quick on his feet the young Englishman had two great efforts on goal but was undone by the Iceland goalkeeper. He managed an assist and was involved in the majority of England’s attacking plays.
Experienced head Tomas Rosicky played the mastermind in the Czech Republics 2-0 first leg victory against Montenegro. The Arsenal man played a number of brilliant passes in the first half showcasing his ability to distribute, although his team were unable to capitilise on them. He still managed to grab two assists that put the Czech’s in a strong position going into the second leg, which they won leading to their progression into Euro 2012.
Arsenal’s new front-man Chu-Young Park continued his fine run of scoring for his country late in the World Cup qualifier against UAE. Park played both provider and scorer throughout the match where he has now scored eight goals in five international appearances. A shame the South Korean missed the game against Lebanon after receiving a booking in the UAE match that meant a suspension. No doubt he could have made a difference in his countries unfortunate 2-1 loss!