No rest for Gunners stars just yet

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Fifteen Arsenal players will be in international duty within the next week as the race to qualify for the European Championships in 2012 restarts.

Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are in the England squad tasked with beating Switzerland at Wembley on Saturday. England are currently top of Group G - ahead of Montenegro on goal difference.

Thomas Vermaelen has the opportunity to further his recovery from an Achilles problem as Belgium host Turkey in a battle for second spot in Group A. The 25-year-old hasn't represented his country since last September, when he sustained a serious injury.

Arsenal have three players represented in the France squad for games against Belarus, Ukraine and Poland. Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna and Abou Diaby are all likely to figure heavily in the first fixture - a Euro 2012 qualifier - while they may take a backseat during friendlies in Donetsk and Warsaw.

Robin van Persie will be on friendly duty with Holland in South America for fixtures on June 4 and June 8. Brazil host the Dutch in the first encounter, before Bert van Marwijk’s side travel to Montevideo to play Uruguay.

Friendlies are also the order of the day for Tomas Rosicky, who will be hoping to have an impact against Peru on June 4 and against Japan three days later.


Back on the competitive front, Andrey Arshavin captains Russia in a Group B clash against Armenia, with three points enough for the Dick Advocaat and Co to climb above Slovakia to the summit of the table. A friendly against Cameroon in Salzburg follows on June 7.

Elsewhere, Wojciech Szczesny is in line to face Argentina and France for Poland, Nicklas Bendtner is up against Iceland with Demark, Johan Djorou will be at Wembley to take on England and Emmanuel Eboue travels to Benin with the Ivory Coast.

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