A quick International Break round-up before I head off to a birthday breakfast with my family.
Robin van Persie was stretchered off after 11 minutes of Holland’s game against Italy with an ankle injury. Dutch TV reported he will be out for 2-3 months after tearing ankle ligaments. It’s awful news for both van Persie and Arsenal but will open the door for Eduardo (who scored twice for Croatia) to step in with Nicklas Bendtner also out with a groin problem.
Alex Song will be off the World Cup after his Cameroon side completed a 2-0 win over Morocco to qualify for 2010. Meanwhile a French side containing William Gallas and Bacary Sagna beat Ireland 1-0 at Croke Park to edge closer and Andrey Arshavin helped Russia to a 2-1 over Slovenia in their World Cup qualifier. Both sides should complete the job in the second leg.
As someone with a New Zealand parent (Hi Mum!) I’m happy to say that the All Whites also qualified for the World Cup, beating Bahrain 1-0 in Wellington. It was a fabulous game and a great result for a team that hasn’t qualified for 1982. To all the Kiwi readers out there – and I know there’s a few – congratulations!
Although it’s completely unrelated to Arsenal I think it would be criminal to fail to mention the incredible World Cup qualifier that took place in between Egypt and Algeria in Cairo. The equation before the game was that Egypt needed to beat Algeria by three goals to go through in their place or by two goals to force a play-off between the same two sides. Unbelievably they won 2-0 with a goal in the 96th minute with the play-off scheduled for Wednesday. This video says it all.
Anyway that’s it. Absolutely gutted by the van Persie injury but on the plus side we’ve seen a number of our players edge closer to the World Cup.
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