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Star Shine: How Arsenal’s Stars Shine on International Duty.
- Updated: September 5, 2023
“Discover how Arsenal’s stars shine on international duty
The current international window promises to be an exciting time for Arsenal fans as 16 members of the men’s first-team squad have been selected to represent their respective countries. This diverse group of Gunners will be spread across various age categories and competitions, showcasing their talents on the global stage.
One of the standout stories is the potential international debut of Arsenal’s Brazilian defender, Gabriel Magalhaes. He has been included in the 23-man squad for Brazil’s upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifying matches against Bolivia and Peru. While Gabriel has been part of previous squads, he is now eager to make his first appearance for the Selecao, adding a significant milestone to his burgeoning career. Joining him on this exciting journey are his compatriots Gabriel Martinelli, who is looking to add to his six caps, and the experienced Gabriel Jesus, who boasts an impressive 59 caps.
In the England camp, four Gunners have been called up to represent their country in the Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine. Eddie Nketiah, the young striker with immense potential, is particularly hopeful of earning his first senior cap. Nketiah will be joined by his Arsenal teammates Declan Rice, Aaron Ramsdale, and Bukayo Saka. The Three Lions currently lead their group with four wins from four matches, holding a six-point advantage over their nearest competitors, including Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko, who will be on the opposing side.
Following the Ukraine clash, the Ukrainian national team has another opportunity to close the gap as they travel to Milan to face Italy. Notably, Jorginho has not been selected for this fixture, giving Ukraine a chance to capitalize. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s English quartet will head north of the border to take on Scotland in a friendly. This match holds special significance as it marks the 150th anniversary of the first-ever international game between these two historic teams. Additionally, this fixture sets the stage for an intriguing reunion with on-loan Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney.
Beyond the England and Brazil call-ups, several other Gunners are set to make their mark on the international stage. William Saliba, who has had a fantastic start to his Arsenal career, will hope to continue France’s 100% record in Euro 2024 qualifiers when they face the Republic of Ireland in Paris. Subsequently, they will engage in friendly action against Kai Havertz’s Germany, providing Saliba with an exciting challenge.
Meanwhile, Germany will host Japan, where Arsenal’s Kai Havertz will face off against Takehiro Tomiyasu’s Japanese side. Tomiyasu himself is set for international action, including a fixture against Turkey. This clash offers an opportunity for both players to showcase their talents and test their skills on a different stage.
Martin Odegaard, another key player in the Arsenal squad, will warm up for Norway’s crucial qualifier against Georgia with a friendly match against Jordan. This fixture provides Odegaard and his Norwegian teammates valuable preparation time. Spain, who are chasing Scotland at the top of their qualifying group, have selected David Raya in their squad. Spain faces an away game against Georgia before returning home to take on Cyprus, with Raya eager to help reduce the deficit.
Jakub Kiwior, a young prospect, will represent Poland, aiming to secure victories against the Faroe Islands and Albania in a tightly contested group. The competition is fierce, with all five teams separated by just six points, making every victory crucial.
Belgium, another European powerhouse, will embark on their qualification campaign, heading to Baku to take on Azerbaijan. This fixture could see Arsenal’s Leandro Trossard and Karl Hein facing off on opposite sides. Hein, the talented goalkeeper, is also likely to be in action when Sweden travels to Tallinn for their qualifying match.
As the international window unfolds, Arsenal fans will be eagerly watching their players excel on the global stage, hoping for impressive performances, goals, and memorable moments. With representation across various nations and age groups, the Gunners’ international contingent adds another layer of excitement to the football calendar. Arsenal’s commitment to nurturing talent and producing top-quality players is on full display as these young stars proudly wear their national team jerseys, contributing to the beautiful game’s global tapestry.
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By- Sahiba Suri