As the international break draws to a close and the focus begins to return to the premier league I would like to offer one more assessment of the potential English Players from the Arsenal squad that could be heading off to the euros; both who deserves and who will most likely be going.
Starting from the back:
Kieron Gibbs – No Chance.
Gibbs has been a bit part player this season in the Arsenal starting XI, often even coming on as a winger rather than a fullback. His exclusion from either of the two England sides that faced Germany and The Netherlands seems to suggest that he has dropped down and out of the pecking order.
Calum Chambers – No Chance.
A similar story to Gibbs. As a bit part player this season, although promising when he has been involved it appears Chambers hasn’t done enough to catch Hodgeson’s eye when there seem to be so many other good options.
In the Midfield:
Jack Wilshere – Expected to Travel
This selection comes with the substantial “Is he fit?” caveat. As one of the most passionate and driving midfielders in the Arsenal squad Wilshere should be an easy selection for Euro 2016. That said, his glass ankles mean that even if he is fit early enough to take part in the end of the club season, he may still not be fit enough to take part in England’s push for European glory.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Might Travel, Might be overlooked.
Another who’s possible selection depends on fitness. The Ox has had a torrid season and very rarely hit the highs that we all know and expect. With as many other options that Roy has at his disposal Alex may not get a look in.
Theo Walcott – Expected to Travel, could miss out.
With the wealth of attacking English talent on offer this year, Theo has, comparatively speaking, not hit the form that would have him even remotely in contention for the central striker’s role at Arsenal let alone England. He may get the opportunity to ply his trade on the wing and showed against the Netherlands that against tired legs he can make an almost instant impact. That said, can a player that can only be described as a Super Sub really be slotted into Hodgeson’s squad?
Danny Welbeck – Expected to Travel
In terms of ‘Like for Like’ competition the only player who can displace Welbeck in the England squad would be Daniel Sturridge who’s form and injury record can only be described as “Lavatorially bad”. Surely, of the two players based on fitness and current form for both club and country it has to be Welbeck on the plane to France.
So all in all, Arsenal should have a strong representation within the England Squad, albeit, only in the more advanced positions. That said, when you look at the other players from the Arsenal squad who are playing for their respective European countries you can see how strong the international representation really is.