Arsenal stars international round up

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Fourteen members of the Arsenal first team were called up by their respective countries ahead of the latest round of international fixtures.

The highest profile encounter saw the Gunners midfield duo Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere go head to head as England and Wales came together in Saturday’s Euro 2012 qualifier at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff.

Wilshere played a starring role in a three-man midfield as the Three Lions cruised to a 2-0 victory over a Welsh side captained for the first time by Ramsey who was helpless to prevent Gary Speed’s team from a disappointing defeat.

Robin van Persie helped maintain Holland’s 100 per cent record in Group E, scoring the final goal as the Dutch cruised to a 0-4 victory over Hungary.


Elsewhere, Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna completed 90 minutes for France in a routine 2-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday night.

Nasri provided the assist for the opening goal when his free-kick was headed in by Roma defender and Arsenal target Phillip Mexes. Gael Clichy was an unused substitute.

Tomas Rosicky played the full game as Czech Republic narrowly lost out to current World Cup and European Championship winners Spain, after a late brace from David Villa sealed a 2-1 victory.

Russia meanwhile drew a blank with Armenia after Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin was substituted in second half stoppage time, and Nicklas Bendtner got a much-needed 90 minutes under his belt for Denmark in their 1-1 draw with Norway.

Emmanuel Eboue and Marouane Chamakh have also been called up to the Ivory Coast and Morocco squads respectively, while Kieran Gibbs has been recalled after suffering injury on England Under-21 duty.

On-loan Arsenal star Henri Lansbury didn’t feature for Stuart Pearce’s side as they won 4-0 in Denmark and Carlos Vela came on as a second half substitute for Mexico in their 3-1 victory over Paraguay.

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