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'4/10': £42m Arsenal target struggles at the World Cup last night, national media not impressed
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'4/10': £42m Arsenal target struggles at the World Cup last night, national media not impressed

There aren’t many games at the World Cup where an Arsenal player or potential transfer target isn’t involved.

That was the case last night when an unconvincing Belgium scraped past Canada.

The Canadian national press gave their verdict on how their side got on in their first World Cup match since 1986.

John Herdman’s side should have gone in front after being awarded a penalty in the first half.

However, Alphonso Davies stepped up to take his first career penalty and saw it saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Canada continued to be the side on the front foot, but couldn’t convert any of their chances.

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A sucker punch from Michy Batshuayi just before half-time ended up being the game’s only goal.

The Canadian press thought that Arsenal target Jonathan David struggled in front of goal last night.

Arsenal made contact with David’s club Lille in the summer, but eventually decided against a move.

After his performance last night, Arsenal fans will be glad Mikel Arteta put his faith in Gabriel Jesus instead.

Jonathan struggled for Canada last night

SportsNet gave David a 4/10 last night and said: “Nobody attempted more shots than Jonathan David (7). On that front, he was engaged and lively.

“But there were moments when David could’ve, and should’ve, laid off a simple pass for his teammates, such as to Richie Laryea in the first half when he was wide open.”

MLS Soccer were slightly kinder with their five out of 10 rating and said: “It was an uncharacteristically quiet game for the Lille forward.

“In this stage, he has to finish his chances, especially when his team is dominating for the majority of the game.”

David has 22 goals in 36 caps for Canada, a fantastic record at international level.

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He’s also been in brilliant form in Ligue 1, scoring nine goals and providing three assists in 15 appearances.

However, David struggled last night when he had his opportunity to shine on the biggest stage.

Canada created plenty of chances, and the £42m forward has two more matches to score Canada’s first World Cup goal.

If they play like they did last night against Morocco and Croatia, they’ll fancy their chances of progressing.

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