Arsenal players and targets on International duty

The most important thing for Arsenal last night was that none of the players on international duty around Europe picked up any injuries. That is great news for Arsene Wenger who has a fully fit squad to choose from, apart from Wilshere and Walcott who will be back very soon.

Szczesny didn’t get a game, but the transfer target Victor Valdes of Barcelona got the nod ahead of Reina and produced some fine stops for Spain. Cazorla was rested, as was Giroud, while Monreal and Koscielny played the full game as Spain beat France 1-0. It was a cross from the Arsenal left back, finished by Pedro, that earned all three points.

Vermaelen for Belgium, and Mertesacker for Germany also played the whole 90 minutes as both of their teams won and stayed at the top of their qualifying groups. Podolski didn’t feature for Germany, but he was on the bench so it wasn’t because of a reaction to Friday’s game, so he should be fit and ready to play against Reading on Saturday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can count himself unlucky not to feature for England against Montenegro after his great showing last week, and England really missed his directness and energy. Cleverley looked lost in the middle and proved why England place so much value on Jack Wilshere. The Ox will be fresh for Saturday, and I think he should start in place of Walcott on the right.

One Gunner who probably needed a run out was Rosicky, and he played the whole game for the Czech Republic as they eases to a 3-0 victory over Armenia. I still think Rosicky could have a big part to play until the end of the season for Arsenal, just as he did last year. Unfortunately for him, he has got the brilliant Cazorla in his way.

The player in all the papers, Stevan Jovetic, was fairly anonymous in the first half against England, but then so were the whole Montenegro team. They were much better in the second, but England allowed them to be. Jovetic worked hard and showed he has got great close control and strength, as well as a good shot. He didn’t do enough to convince me he is worth upwards of £20 million though. What do you think Gooners?

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37 thoughts on “Arsenal players and targets on International duty

  1. Marvin

    Jovetic is good…but no clinical striker…i still have hope in Giroud who play more like in a Bergkamp role…we just a finisher…and i think a good finisher is Cavani…if Wernger can get the “Giant Uruguayen” and add steel with the name of Strootman and Isco…we will be…..INVICIBLES !!! BANG BANG ARSENAL !!!

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  2. TopGunner

    I think Jovetic had a great second half running the whole of the montenegro attack, but i agree that he didnt look worthy of the 20 – 25 million price tag :/ but not everyone can play at there best every game!

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  3. TopGunner

    Also what really gets to me, i read and check this site everyday and think it is a very well put together website, studying IT and web design i know, but it does annoy me when i see everyone also saying we are going to have a chance with such players like cavini and benzema, i would love it as would every other arsenal fan, but we’ve got to be realistic and look for players that will be in our range and not above and beyond that, i love arsenal but do think that all this talk of buying outrages players is just going to increase our disapiontment, think arsenal will buy good players this summer but not the likes of players who demand a pay check of over 100k!

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  4. Maxigooner27

    Not convinced that we should get Jovetic
    He’s not a 20+ goals a season striker and that’s what we are lacking at the moment. Get Cavani or Benzema please!!

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  5. Haxxxan

    i am happy that podolski cazorla ox giroud got rested… we needed them to be fresh for saturday … on the other hand vermaelen hasn’t played for arsenal for almost 3 weeks.. its good he got a game and so did rosicky… mertesacker monreal koscielny played and thankfully didnt get any injury… ramsey also didnt play for wales due to his red card suspension, he will be fresh too… walcott and wilshere are resting and recovering well from injuries back home… overall everything looking good for saturday…. 3 points and we will be just 1 point behind spurs with 8 games to go!

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  6. Kron

    You can’t judge players on there international performances. Like welbeck and bentner play well for there country but pony for there clubs. Andy Cole shit for England prolific for united.
    You could tell he wanted to impress his admires over here and that went to his head a little bit. Watch his matches in italy… WOW

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  7. Kron

    Also rosicky is well to good to be sitting on the bench. He was influential for czech republic yesterday

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  8. Carl

    For saturday i want this team ( if theo and jack are not ready )
    Fabianski
    Carl Per Koscielny Monreal/Gibbs
    Arteta Ramsey
    Chambo Cazorla Poldi
    Giroud

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  9. TIME BOMB

    Bob can we have u arrested for peddling falsehood and attracting idlers for comments……
    Interpol plz help

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  10. Mistyque

    Jovetic is worth 20 million. Remember, he is only 23 years old! He could be worldclass

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  11. Tobias

    the look on bales face when eduardo sent wales out last night…priceless

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  12. Mo Owais

    @ ALL- Just got some info stating- We are close to signing another Spanish player!

    Who could it be??????

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  13. Rory

    First time iv watched Joevtic for a full game, he looked good, but not world class, we need a top class striker, which unfortunately is not Jovetic, and he is no way worth 28 mil!

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  14. juhislihis

    Matej Vydra, CF
    age 20
    33 games, 20 goals – 8 assists for Watford
    Championships Player of the year 2013
    2014 ending contract with Udinese
    5 caps for Czech, 2 goals (yesterday)

    Cheap, rising star. Wouldn’t mind having him replace Bendtner and be our 3rd/2nd striker.

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  15. juhislihis

    Matej Vydra, CF
    age 20
    33 games, 20 goals – 8 assists for Watford
    Championships Player of the year 2013
    2014 ending contract with Udinese
    5 caps for Czech, 2 goals (yesterday)

    Cheap, rising star. Wouldn’t mind having him replace Bendtner and be our 3rd/2nd striker.

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  16. Rory

    Line up for saturday should be:

    Fabianski
    Jenkinson-Metesacker-Koscielny-Monreal
    Arteta-Coquelin
    Chamberlain-Cazorla-Rosicky
    Podolski

    Bench: Diaby, Gervinho, Gibbs, Giroud, Vermaelan, Szczesny, Ramsey

    No doubt Ramsey will probably start. And it wouldn’t make much of a difference if Gibbs played for Monreal, Dibay played for Coquelin and Gervinho played for Rosicky. I’m actually quite happy with the squad for once, and that’s whilst we are missing Wilshere, Walcott and Sagna! :P

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  17. New World

    MONREAL was the MOTM in my opinion..I don’t care if you think am biased but he deserves it

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  18. gunner4life

    It’s good that he didn’t play well cause if he did then he’ll attract interest from clubs meaning a bidding war and Arsenal will run away if that happens.

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  19. selby

    i do not think Jovetic did enough to convince me that he is worth that 20 million pounds prive tag .. Two players that might be worth that amount or even more is Daxler of Germany and Vierhina of Portugal … If we want to build for the future, these boys are the IT factor needed in our set-up

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  20. CTG

    Monreal played f*cking sick yesterday. Hope he keeps his form for the Emirates

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  21. khaesar

    arsenal players and targets on international duty? forever in your dream!

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  22. Dubya

    A bit off topic but would love to still have Eduardo to throw on for the last 20 when we are chasing a game.

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  23. French

    My striker short list is still Cavani, Lewandowski, Soldado. Suarez would be an awesome signing but he should be on the wing, his natural position. Suarez cavani walcott as a front line would be down right scary. Santi or jack pulling the strings from the midfield… well I guess I’ve been playing too much FIFA.. but I digress

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