Tavares scores one and assists two and other international update from Arsenal’s players

Nuno Tavares was in stunning form for the Portugal Under21s as they beat Liechtenstein at home 11-0.

The Arsenal summer signing scored a goal and provided two assists for his teammates in an impressive showing for his country.

The Gunners reported on their website that the full-back opened the scoring for his country after just four minutes.

He assisted Wolves’ Fabio Silva for the 9th goal of the game and also provided the assist for Portugal’s 11th goal of the game in the second half.

Emile Smith Rowe, Tyreece John-Jules and Folarin Balogun all played as England’s Under 21 were held to a 2-2 draw against Slovenia.

Smith Rowe played the complete match while John-Jules and Balogun were subbed on in the second half of the game.

England had taken a two-goal lead in it, but they let it slip and the hosts came back to draw the game.

Arsenal player of the month, Takehiro Tomiyasu was in action for the entire 90 minutes as his Japan national team suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia.

That loss was their second in three World Cup qualifying matches and leaves them with a mountain to climb in their bid to reach the next World Cup.

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  1. Tavares getting 90 minutes was good to get him off his X-Box for 2 hours but what is the football value playing a team weaker than Arsenal under 10’s?
    ESR playing a game is a little bit disconcerting.
    Balogun and JJ need the game time not Smith. Ideally Balogun will get 70 mins v Andorra and ESR is rested.

    1. Maybe Martinelli can get a chance, because we don’t need to burn out Saka and ESR. Missed an opportunity to blood some of the youth last year when we were not finishing in Europa league spot.

      Would say the same this year; Mix in Martinelli to sub for Auba or remind Auba his spot is not guaranteed. Why waste time playing Laca or Nketiah when neither has a future at Arsenal.

      1. Wouldn’t be a waste if either could help improve our league position – it would make us more attractive to any possible replacements.
        I don’t think Auba has much more of a future to be honest – can’t see him going beyond his contract, which is only 1 year longer? (And there’s a strong chance he won’t be great in that time)
        Agree GM needs to play more, though. Could be a big player but needs time on the pitch

        1. DAVI, have to say I agree and also think that Auba is throwing away his second season in a row due to laziness and lack of desire.


          Reminds me strongly of a certain other player who recently left, who fitted all thse circumstnces. It worried him not a jot and nor does it – and obviously so – worry Auba!

          As for us, we are ONLY fans so our views “dont count”!

          And some may still wonder why I have long preached that top level football is corrupt!

          1. Thanks Jon
            I’m not sure with Auba anymore to be honest – last season it looked like he wasn’t putting in the effort, and I’m sympathetic to the view his head wasn’t right for other reasons, possibly illness, but since the start of this season he looks like he’s trying harder for the most part but is still unable to look like the player that was among the top scorers in the league.
            Whether it is lack of caring/motivation or he’s simply past his best, I don’t have confidence in him anywhere l anymore and really think we should be trying to move him on and replace him asap – I think it’s going to hold back any positive steps Arteta does make with the rest of the team (and I do think he made some good signings this summer)

  2. This player really intrigues me as he’s an exceptionally tall, positionally-speaking, pacey and has some footballing “handles” with the ball at his feet…not to mention, that unlike Tierney, in more recent times, Nuno doesn’t just prowl the wider positions, as he seems to like to cut inside, which is a missing element from our game presently that could require opposing teams to play more defensively honest, thereby opening up some vertical passing lanes…it appears as if Tierney recognizes this very real positional threat, as he’s played through some pains at times this year, where in the past he might have been looking to get subbed off

  3. For me is only Auba is not fit out of Arsenal player. I want maneger Arteta to try to use Lacazett, Martineilli,Nkhita and Balogun

  4. Martin Odegaard also played well for Norway in their 1-1 draw away to Turkey. He should have provided the winning assist late in the game, when a fine piece of skill to beat two players and cross was headed wide of a virtually open goal.

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