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Arsenal target struggles at the World Cup last night, media not impressed

There aren’t many World Cup matches without an Arsenal player or potential transfer target.

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

Canada’s national press has delivered its verdict on how their team fared in their first World Cup match since 1986.

Coach John Herdman’s team should have taken the lead after being awarded a penalty in the first half.

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

Canada continued to take pole position, but could not take any of their chances.

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A punch from Michy Batshuayi just before half time was the only goal of the game.

The Canadian press thought Arsenal’s Jonathan David struggled in front of goal last night.

Arsenal made contact with David Lille’s club in the summer, but ultimately decided not to move.

After his performance last night, Arsenal fans will be delighted that Mikel Arteta is putting 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 energetic.

“But there were moments when David could, and should, lay off a simple pass to his teammates, like Richie Larea in the first half when he was wide open.”

MLS Soccer was a little kind with their rating of five out of 10 and said: “It was an uncharacteristically quiet game for a Lille forward.

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“At this point, he has to cut his chances, especially when his team controls the majority of the match.”

David has 22 goals in 36 caps for Canada, which is an impressive record at the international level.

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He has also been in great form in Ligue 1, scoring nine goals and providing three assists in 15 matches.

However, David struggled last night when given the chance to shine on the biggest stage.

Canada have created plenty of chances, and the £42m forward has two more games to spare for Canada’s first World Cup goal.

If they play like they did last night against Morocco and Croatia, they will have a fancy chance of advancing.

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