Five players who shone during the international break

Arsenal, Everton, Manchester United and Chelsea stars all feature.

The international break has been and gone but which Premier League stars impressed while away on international duty with their clubs?

The international break threw up plenty of excitement and some interesting results as qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil next summer continues to take shape.

It was another opportunity for the Premier League’s best players to showcase their talent at international level.

Here are five players who shone for their countries.

Mesut Ozil

Arsenal’s latest signing was in superb form for Germany in the matches against Austria and the Faroe Islands. His stats were superb for both matches with a noticeable 99% successful passing rate in the match against Austria and a goal against the Faroe Islands.

The striking feature about the way Ozil played for Germany is how composed he was in both and how calmly he went about controlling the middle of Germany’s team, linking midfield with attack.

If Gunners everywhere needed another reason why Ozil justifies the £42.5 million the club spent on him then he’s just given it to them.

Kevin Mirallas

Everton’s Kevin Mirallas deserves a mention because his goal against Scotland was one of the best goals of the international break.

The way he received the ball at pace, dropped his shoulder to beat the centre back before a superbly placed shot round the goalkeeper and into the corner of the goal should delight Everton fans.

Roberto Martinez should be seriously considering playing him through the middle this weekend against Chelsea.

Aaron Ramsey

You may well question this one as Wales lost both of their matches against Macedonia and at home against Serbia but Ramsey played well and showcased some of his best attributes in these games.

He managed to take some momentum into the fixtures from his early season form for Arsenal and while he didn’t play at his best, his effort, passion and leadership skills throughout were superb.

He tried to play out of his skin and it was pleasing to see so much effort in the face of adversity.

Robin van Persie

Manchester United’s main man scored three goals across two games following up a last gasp equaliser against Estonia with a brace against Andorra.

That’s not the most difficult pair of teams that van Persie will ever come up against but they are significant goals considering he’s failed to score at club level since the opening game of the season at Swansea City.

Gary Cahill

The Chelsea centre back deserves a mention for his dogged performance against Ukraine for England.

He showed just why he deserves to be in the heart of England’s defence with a good variety of patience, organisation and discipline. He got into the right places at the right times and limited Ukraine’s options superbly.

It was also a significant international break for him considering how well he’s been playing for Chelsea and he answered the questions over whether he’d be able to maintain his form in an international setting.

Who else impressed you?

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