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Things Arsenal fans may have missed during the international break

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We are only two days away from the return of the Premier League so football fans tired of international football can begin to awake from their hibernation.

But while some have been looking for other things to do, those same fans may well have missed their favourite stars doing brilliant – or awful – things on the international stage.

Never fear, GiveMeSport has put together a list of the four most notable things that all Arsenal fans may have missed over the last ten days.

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That includes one player getting a red card, another player missing a guilt-edged chance and another producing a class assist. Any Arsenal fans worth their salt can probably guess who's who.

With the Gunners facing Southampton on Saturday afternoon, we're here to get the fans up to date in time for the game.

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Olivier Giroud gets panned

Olivier Giroud is set to keep his role as Arsenal's first-choice striker but will be very aware of Luis Perez's potential to steal it from him. The Frenchman will be even more wary after his performance for France on Wednesday night.

Playing alongside Antoine Griezmann, Giroud was presented with several chances to give France to lead against Belarus. But he missed ever single one of them and the game finished 0-0. Les Bleus' World Cup qualifying campaign is off to a poor start as a result.

Mesut Ozil's assisting Germany

Things went a lot smoother in Germany's game against Norway as the defending world champions cruised to a 3-0 win over Norway. Mesut Ozil was on hand to provide Thomas Muller with an excellent assist.

It means the 27-year-old now has 35 assists in 80 caps for Germany. That is nothing if it isn't special.

Alexis Sanchez is leading Chile

Alexis Sanchez was handed the Chile armband for the first time in the absence of Claudio Bravo and Gary Medel. He will wear it in their World Cup qualfier against Boliva in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

With 101 caps and 34 goals to his name, the Arsenal winger is one of Chile's most successful players. He was also part of the team that won both the 2015 and 2016 versions of the Copa America.

That's a deserved accolade if ever there was one.

Granit Xhaka sees red

Granit Xhaka is renowned for his ability to get red cards but going into the game against Portugal, the Swiss international had yet to receive one whilst playing for his country.

That all changed after he was given his marching orders in the dying minutes against Portugal for a second bookable offence. Although Switzerland won 2-0 and Xhaka played exceptionally well up until that point, he will now be suspended for their next game against Hungary.

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Topics:
Thierry Henry
Olivier Giroud
Alexis Sanchez
Granit Xhaka
Football
Mesut Özil
Theo Walcott
Arsenal

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