Rosicky leads international Gunners

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Tomas Rosicky's Czech Republic took their place in Euro 2012 after defeating Montenegro in Podgorica.

Rosicky's assist-laden performance has handed the Czech's a two-goal lead to defend, Petr Jirácek's solo effort ensured Rosicky will take his place in the 16-team line-up for next summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Thomas Vermaelen continued his comeback from injury as Belgium earned a credible goalless draw against France.

Lukasz Fabianski took over goalkeeping duties for Poland ahead of Wojciech Szczesny, as the Euro 2012 co-hosts overcame Hungary.

Theo Walcott made his second start in a week as England beat Sweden at Wembley, while fellow winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain featured for the Under-21's against Belgium following a man-of-the-match display against Iceland.

Arsene Wenger's players will now have three days to recover from their international exploits before facing Norwich City upon the resumption of the Barclays Premier League.

The French boss says the switch to mid-week international games being played on a Tuesday makes life a lot easier heading into the continuation of the league campaign.

“It’s much better now the games have moved to Friday and Tuesday. Those 24 hours make a huge difference, especially when you have players who play in South America or in Asia,” Wenger said.

“You have the chance to recover, and when we play on Sunday it’s even more of a benefit. So without a doubt it is much better, but we had to fight for years to get it.

“I’m glad we have got it. They are speaking now about having international games on every day from Friday to Tuesday in the international break. Each team would have at least two days between games though. I’m in favour of that - it could help with attendances too.

“So overall it’s better. It’s still not perfect for the clubs, but it’s better than before.”


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