The Copa America and UEFA Under-21 European Championships have been in full swing for a week with Arsenal players representing their countries in both.
Here’s what they’ve been up to so far.
Friday, 14 June – Sunday, 7 July
Lucas was on the bench as Uruguay kicked off their campaign in Brazil with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Ecuador. He played the full 90 minutes this afternoon as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Japan, who’ve been invited to take part. Our man will face Chile on Monday in his country’s last game of Group C.
Dave has kept a couple of clean sheets for Colombia – including one against Lionel Messi – but we couldn’t really give a fish’s tit as he’s joining Napoli soon.
2019 UEFA EUROPEAN UNDER-21 CHAMPIONSHIP
ITALY & SAN MARINO
Sunday, 16 June – Sunday, 30 June
Krystian has arguably been the star of the Under-21 European Championships so far. Fresh from helping Charlton to promotion at Wembley a couple of weeks ago, our man scored a towering header as Poland beat Belgium 3-2 in the opening game of the tournament. He played the full 90 minutes as a centre-back but in game two was deployed in midfield for against hosts Italy. Again, he got on the scoresheet. This time with a sweet left foot finish that was enough to secure a 1-0 win. Poland face Spain in their final game as they look to progress from a very strong Group A.
Reiss was on the bench as Aidy Bothroyd’s side succumbed to late defeats against France and Romania. Phil Foden’s second half strike put the Young Lions in a strong position against the French only for individual errors to prove costly late on. Jonathan Ikone converted a penalty in the 89th minute after Hamza Choudary was sent off for a leg-breaking tackle on Jonathan Bamba and in the fifth minute of stoppage time Aaraon Wan-Bissaka’s put through his own net. Romania took advantage of more bad defending to beat England 4-2 in a game that was 0-0 with 14 minutes remaining. We could list all the scorers but that would be boring. Anyway, England are out with a game to spare.
Matteo was on the bench as France beat England 2-1 (details above). He’ll be hoping for a start against Croatia this evening. They then play Romania on Monday.
AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS, EGYPT
Friday, 21 June – Friday, 19 July
Nigeria kick off their AFCON campaign against Burundi tomorrow evening. Our midfielder has been urged to score more goals by coach Gernot Rohr. On the eve of the tournament in Egypt, he said, ” I want to see him scoring more regularly for the national team.” Inspiring stuff. Nigeria also have Guinea and Madagascar in their group.
Mo played the full 90 minutes as the Pharoahs opened the tournament on home turf with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe. Trézéguet scored the only goal four minutes before the break. Egypt still have the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda to face in Group A.