Arsenal trio take plaudits

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Arsenal had no fewer than 14 players on international duty over the weekend as the road to Euro 2012 nears its end.

Theo Walcott featured for England as the Three Lions ensured their path into the European Championships with a 2-2 in Montenegro on Friday.

Kieran Gibbs was an unused substitute by Fabio Capello in match which also saw Manchester United's Wayne Rooney sent off.

Although Wales are unable to qualify for the tournament next summer, Gary Speed's side chalked up a morale boosting win over Switzerland in Swansea.

Aaron Ramsey captained Wales - and got on the scoresheet - as they triumphed 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium. Johan Djourou was on the bench for the Swiss.

Holland had already ensured they will be playing in Ukraine and Poland next year, but Robin van Persie was still required for the full 90 minutes against Moldova.

Per Mertesacker played his part in ensuring Germany maintained their 100 percent qualification campaign with an impressive 3-1 win in Turkey.

Russia top Group B going into their final fixture with Andorra on Tuesday, with Andrey Arshavin completing 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Slovakia on Friday.

Tomas Rosicky was unable to prevent Czech Republic from losing to Spain in Prague, and the Arsenal midfielder will captain his country against Lithuania this week.

France need a draw against Bosnia Herzegovina to confirm their status as group winners after a 3-0 win over Albania. Laurent Koscielny was not required by Les Bleus on Friday.


Poland qualify for the finals as hosts, so were in friendly action against South Korea over the weekend. Lukasz Fabianski regained his No.1 spot, but was beaten twice by clubmate Ju Young Park in a 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, Alex Song played for Cameroon in a 3-2 win over DR Congo, although the midfielder was unable to help his side qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

Morocco, though, will feature in the tournament - which begins in January - for the first time since 2008 after Marouane Chamakh scored in a 3-1 win over Tanzania on Sunday.

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