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Mikel Arteta handed boost ahead of Norwich after midfielder’s star performance on international duty

We take a look at how Arsenal’s players fared for their countries on Thursday, with Mikel Arteta’s first team stars in action across Europe

Arsenal have a number of players away on international duty right now.

The Gunners played a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford on Thursday where several first team players stepped up their return from injury.

Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes featured for Mikel Arteta’s side as they ran out 4-0 winners, while youngsters Charlie Patino and Omari Hutchinson also impressed.

But what about the Arsenal players currently away on international duty who are hoping to be in contention for the Premier League game against Norwich on September 11?

Under the management of new Germany boss Hansi Flick, Leno managed to keep a clean sheet as Die Mannschaft beat Lichtenstein 2-0 in Switzerland.

Timo Werner and Leroy Sane scored the Germany goals.

Daniel Ballard (Northern Ireland)

Arsenal’s young defender, currently on loan at Championship side Millwall, scored his first senior goal for Northern Ireland against Lithuania in Vilnius.

Northern Ireland won 4-1 and secured their first victory in Group C.

Bukayo Saka (England)

The England star made a late cameo appearance as England won 4-0 against Hungary in Budapest.

Sambi Lokonga

Arsenal’s summer signing made his senior international debut for Belgium against Estonia, coming on as a second half substitute for Eden Hazard.

With just over a quarter of the game left, Lokonga impressed in midfield with his direct running and impressive running.

Belgium won the game 5-2.

William Saliba (France U21)

The defender played the entire match for France Under-21’s as they beat Northern Macedonia 3-0 in Le Mans.

Karl Hein (Estonia)

The Estonian goalkeeper had a difficult night against a Romelu Lukaku inspired Belgium side who won 5-2 in the World Cup qualifier.

Estonia took the lead through captain Mattias Kait before Hans Vanaken levelled for Belgium. Lukaku (2), Axel Witsel and Thomas Foket scored for the visitors before Erik Sorga’s late consolation.

Alex Runarsson (Iceland)

Runarsson started for Iceland as they lost 2-0 to Romania in a World Cup qualifying match.