Gunners enjoy successful international break

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Sixteen Arsenal players were called into end of season action whilst on international duty over the weekend, with Tomas Rosicky the only Gunner to have been called up without featuring for his respective Czech Republic.

All eyes were fully focused on England at Wembley last Saturday, with Arsenal well represented in the form of young Gunners trio Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, and Johan Djourou - who played an unfamiliar role on the opposing side to his North London teammates.

Fabio Capello's side fought back from 2-0 down to rescue a valuable point against Switzerland in their Euro 2012 qualifier, with the first goal involving two of the three featured players as Wilshere was brought down in the box by Djourou, presenting England with an opportunity to begin their road to recovery.

Reporting for U21 duty, both Henri Lansbury and Kieran Gibbs featured in the first half of Stuart Pearce's England side in their final warm-up game before flying out to Denmark for the European Championships this summer.

The game finished 2-0 at Southampton's St Mary's stadium, proving to be a useful run-out for the young Lions, though at an expenisve cost following the withdrawal of Gibbs from the squad after picking up an ankle injury before being substituted.


Elsewhere, Arsenal's French contingent were out in force with Samir Nasri, Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna all featuring in France's Euro2012 qualifying 1-1 draw with Belarus last Friday.

Thomas Vermaelen was a half-time substitute as Belgium drew 1-1 with Turkey on the same day, with the Gunners defender making his first international appearance since picking up the Achilles injury that kept him out for most of the season last September.

Wojciech Szczesny played in a memorable friendly victory as Poland overcame Argentina 2-1 while Robin Van Persie played 64minutes for Holland who drew 0-0 with Brazil.

Nicklas Bendtner and Andrey Arshavin were also on Euro 2012 qualification duty while Aaron Ramsey got on the scoresheet for Wales in their Nations Cup victory over Northern Ireland.

Two remaining Gunners Emmanuel Eboue and Marouane Chamakh both played their parts for Ivory Coast and Mexico respectively, with the latter getting on the scoresheet in a 4-0 victory over Algeria.

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