How Gunners fared with their Nations

With league football worldwide taking a breather over the weekend, we kept an eye on our players on international duty, aiming to help their countries qualify for respective continental cups.

First out the tunnel was new signing Chu Young Park in faraway Seoul. The South Korea captain was imperious in the 6-0 win over visiting Lebanon in a qualifier for the Asian Championships, finishing the encounter with a well taken hattrick to further endear himself with Gooners itching to see him play in Arsenal colours.

Also in ruthless form in front of goal was Arsenal captain Robin van Persie who went one better with four goals for Holland against hapless San Marino. He opened the scoring in the Group E Euro 2012 qualifier before hitting a second half hattrick as the Oranje Boys annihilated their visitors 11-0 at Eindhoven.

Still with the captains, new loan signing Yossi Benayoun could not help third placed Israel from losing 1-0 at Group F leaders Greece while Tomas Rosicky played well as Czech Republic managed a dramatic 2-2 draw at Scotland thanks to a stoppage time Kadlec penalty.

Welsh captain Aaron Ramsey scored the second for his country in a 2-1 win over Montenegro at Cardiff in a Group G qualifier and help England go three points clear atop that group following their 3-0 win at Bulgaria where Theo Walcott played a part in the third goal.

Per Mertesacker was on the bench as he secured a place at Euro 2012 with his Germany from Group A of the European qualifying section following a 6-2 win at home to neighbours Austria with Thomas Vermaelen and his Belgium in third place chasing Turkey for Group A’s play-off spot after a disappointing 1-1 with Azerbaijan. Vermaelen however missed that encounter through injury.

There were also wins for Andrey Arshavin and Bacary Sagna with Russia securing a lone goal victory and France coming away from Tirana with a hard fought 2-1 success over Albania. Sagna however remained on the bench through the match.

And former Lille forward Gervinho was the creative force for the Ivory Coast in a 5-0 win at Rwanda, scoring the fifth late on after assisting with a couple of the goals before. The win was inconsequential for the Ivorians who have already booked their place at next years Africa Cup of Nations.


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Posted on September 5, 2011, in News, Write Ups and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. i luv dt. Arsenal re stil d best.

  2. I was really impressed with our players. I hope that we carry that momentum from the Euro qualifiers and African Cup of nation qualifiers and Friendlies to our matches in the premier league. Can’t wait to see my new team play.

  3. The South Korea games was 6-0… I was particularly excited seeing Chu Young score a hat-trick .. Good Finishing for the 1st and 3rd.. Who knew he cld score wiv his head*2nd Goal*.. he looks good at least no as sluggish as Nicky and Chammy. looks more intelligent and goal conscious too.. Van persie has the quality,.. just needs the right players behind him. noticed in that game he was errwhere.. clnt really pick out his position. Walcott, is improving.. still have my doubts buh..ill be patient. i hope wiv the majority playing well last weekend twld bring a bit of confidence coming bact to the premiership. Im excited.. Good day Gonners..

  4. Let’s hope they bring this killer form into the EPL. I remember a tweet saying “maybe immigrations doesn’t allow them bring their goals back”. Hopefully we can do damage to Swansea and boost the team’s confidence. 7 goals should do the trick.


  5. Smky, thanks for that… *now editing. MrFaf, lol we hope so!

  6. nice post>>>good to see the boys in banging form. We can only hope they replicate that in England. One Side note, Wilshere’s injury may not affect us as much as we think if Benayoun and Arteta step up to the plate. COYG!!!!!!

  7. Great News,looking forward to our next game.*yipee*

  8. International form is somewhat ephemeral at best and not a reliable predictor of future League form in any rational way BUT that said, it does show a VERY positive ability of our new players to score against weaker opponents who try and defend in the classical 10 man fullback strategy. This is what we often face in the EPL with less attacking teams like Stoke rugby club and Bolton for example. I watched Park tear Lebanon apart and he was shockingly clinical. RVP simply mesmerized the poor opponents as did the entire Dutch team. Rosicky and Ramsey both looked very lively but Benayoun wasn’t able to do much against a stout Greek defense. The guy who impresses me the most is Gervinho, as Rwanda were a tough opponent that the Ivory coast made fast work of. I firmly believe Wenger has done it again…pulled 5 rabbits out of his magical hat!

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