Mikel Arteta given big Gabriel boost ahead of Norwich as £30m arrival suffers under Louis van Gaal

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With the domestic season taking a back seat for the next fortnight as we wade through the latest World Cup qualifiers, it can be difficult to keep track of Arsenal players as they embark all over the globe.

That’s where we come in. We’ll bring you everything that is worth knowing and bring you all the news from every corner of the planet that concerns your favourite Arsenal players.

Today we have a mixed bag with plenty of positives coming out of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford, but not so pleasing news regarding Granit Xhaka on duty with Switzerland and a struggling display for one of Arsenal’s more talented attackers.

Sead Kolasinac (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

A challenge by France’s Jules Kounde forced Sead Koasinac off the pitch in the second half. The rash tackle reviewed by Video Assistant Refereeing meant Kounde was awarded a red card.

The injury is not as serious as first reported and Kolasinac will undergo a scan soon.

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The world champions, France were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw, but they sit top their group table – yet to be beaten.

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland)

The Swiss FA confirmed that Granit Xhaka tested positive for coronavirus and so was left out of Wednesday’s game against Greece. He’ll also miss their upcoming game against Italy, on Sunday.

Blick reported that the Switzerland FA’s head of communication, Adrian Arnold said: “Granit Xhaka was not vaccinated. “He’s a player who isn’t vaccinated. We left this up to each player. It’s a personal decision of each player – just like any other person in Switzerland.

“We have issued a recommendation that everyone vaccinates. But he decided for himself personally. And it is also his right not to be vaccinated.

Martin Odegaard (Norway)

In a draw against the Netherlands. Norwegian international Martin Odegaard received a five out of ten score for his performance from his national outlet, VG. They reported that the player was ‘lost’ in the game and suggested he didn’t play to the best of his ability.

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The game marked Louis van Gaal’s first back in charge of the Netherlands, after managing the national side twice before.

Arsenal 4-0 Brentford

The north London side played a friendly to involve players who aren’t on international duty this break.

Arsenal scored four goals in the second half to comfortably win over Brentford in a closed-door friendly.

Gabriel, Cedric, Alexandre Lacazette – all got on the scoresheet in a game that was quiet for Aaron Ramsdale in goal.

Gabriel made his first appearance of the season after returning from injury and now looks likely to form Arsenal’s first-choice central defensive pairing alongside summer arrival Ben White.

Cedric is understood to be keen to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place, doing his chances no harm by getting on the scoresheet on Thursday afternoon.

Source by Football London

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