Many Arsenal players saw action during the first round of international matches last week and they will be hoping to continue to impress in the next games, most of which take place tonight. Below is a round up of the action so far.
England v Italy
Danny Welbeck will be hoping for more involvement against the 2006 world champions than the 22 minutes he got in the Netherlands game. With England leading 1-0 in Amsterdam the Arsenal forward was introduced but was unable to affect the scoreline. It was an experimental side on Friday evening and Gareth Southgate may change the line up once again at Wembley as he looks to finalise his plans for the summer. Italy lost 2-0 to Argentina in their first friendly in Manchester.
Germany v Brazil
Mesut Ozil played the full game in Germany’s 1-1 draw with Spain last week. Both sides fielded a strong line up so there could be changes made to the World Cup holders’ side as they face Brazil tonight. Brazil put in a confident performance as they beat hosts Russia 3-0.
Russia v France
France were beaten 3-2 at home against Colombia on Friday evening but Laurent Koscielny was an unused substitute. They now travel to play the host nation who were comfortably beaten by Brazil and France will be hoping for a better performance. Many have them down as an outside chance to lift the World Cup but they will need to improve at the back if they are to do so.
Colombia v Australia
Having conceded two against France, Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina will be hoping to keep a clean sheet should he play against Australia. After their impressive result against some people’s favourites to lift the cup in the summer, Colombia’s stock has risen a little. Another good performance against the side who lost 4-1 in Norway could worry the sides they are set to meet in Russia.
Switzerland v Panama
Both sides will be at the World Cup so will be keen to gain knowledge of how prepared they are during this game. Granit Xhaka played the full game as the Swiss beat Greece 1-0. They now face Panama who suffered a 1-0 loss in Denmark on Thursday.
Greece v Egypt
Egypt continue their warm up to a first World Cup since 1990 with a game against the 2004 European champions. Mohamed Elneny played the full 90 minutes of their 2-1 defeat to current Euro holders Portugal. They will be hoping for a better result against Greece who lost to the Swiss.
Nigeria v Serbia
Alex Iwobi had just under an hour in Friday evening’s 1-0 win over Poland. Nigeria scored the only goal of the game three minutes after Iwobi left the pitch, and so he will be aiming to show more during the Serbia game as they look to come back from a 2-1 defeat against Morocco.
Senegal v Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sead Kolasinac assisted the only goal in his side’s 1-0 win over Bulgaria. After playing the full match last week he may be afforded a rest against Senegal. They prepared for this game with a 1-1 draw against Uzbekistan.
Armenia v Lithuania
Henrik Mkhitaryan played the full 90 minutes of Armenia’s 0-0 draw with Estonia. They now face Lithuania who were beaten 4-0 by Georgia.