Preparations for Euro 2012 are still under way with a number of international teams playing out their remaining friendly fixtures to warm-up before the big tournament. Here we look at how Arsenal players have done in their respective teams in the most recent fixtures.
The most recent round of international friendlies has seen Robin van Persie continue his fine run of scoring, this time with Holland against an inexperienced North Ireland side. The Oranje recorded a comfortable 6-0 victory to complete their Euro preparations in comfort. Van Persie recorded two goals of his own and also set-up team-mate Ibrahim Afellay on two occasions to contribute significantly to the win. Video Highilights are below.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s rise up the ranks continues as the young Arsenal star was handed a starting spot in Roy Hodgson’s team to face Belgium, who were equipped with Thomas Vermaelen at the back. The Three Lions managed to grind-out a 1-0 victory over Belgium courtesy of a well taken Welbeck goal and some familiar Chelsea tactics. For large spells of the match Belgium had much of the control, but England were more threatening with Defoe coming the closest to a second goal after his effort hit the inside of the far post after good work by Arsenal speedster Theo Walcott, who was substituted on late in the match.
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Lastly, Andrey Arshavin played a signficant part in Russia’s entertaining win over Italy, who continue to look completely out of sorts. Arsenal’s little Russian, who was loaned out in the last half of the season, looked to turn creator and linked up well with his fellow team-mates being involved in many of Russia’s build-ups. Often criticized for his work-rate, Arshavin looked hungry and it paid dividends when dismal defending saw him nip in a foot on the keeper’s clearance. The ball fell kindly to team-mate Shirokov, who simply rolled the ball into the net. Will we be seeing the Russian back at the Emirates?
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