I am used to seeing stupid and misinformed stuff about Arsenal in the media, but today seemed to hit a new low. A spectacularly blinkered and idiotic article in the Metro lays the blame for the injury Jack Wilshere suffered in the England game against Denmark, not at the feet of Daniel Agger who made the tackle, not at the England physios for failing to discover the injury or bring the midfielder off, but at the feet of the Arsenal player himself.
Poor Theo Walcott is set to miss out on playing at the World Cup for the third time after injuring his Anterior Cruciate Ligament in Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Spurs last weekend, and the England manager Roy Hodgson is sad for the player himself as well as England and Arsenal for losing such a crucial player for such a long time.
“I spoke with Theo and just wanted to express my disappointment to him,” Hodgson told TheFA.com.
“It is a blow for him personally of course, and for both Arsenal and England.
It has been a frustrating season so far at Arsenal for Theo Walcott, on a personal level at least. The flying forward struggled for goals at the start of the campaign, and just when he started to find his form and the back of the net he suffered an unexpected abdominal problem that needed surgery and kept him on the sidelines for a couple of months.
But thankfully the Gunners have coped well in his absence and Walcott comes back into a side sitting on top of the Premier League table and poised to win their Champions League group. However, that means that Walcott will have to be on top form to force his way back into the starting XI on a regular basis.
There has been a lot of concern among Arsenal fans this season over the fitness, or lack of it, of Jack Wilshere. It has seemed at times, including last season, that he was at risk of going down the same disappointing road that Abou Diaby has been on since his ankle was smashed apart by the Sunderland player Dan Smith in 2006.
Because of the hamstring injury suffered by Lukas Podolski earlier in the season, Arsenal have just two German internationals in contention to play the friendly against England at Wembley tomorrow night. The Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been praising one of them, Mesut Ozil, ahead of the game, but he is worried about the wrong man.
The England international told the Daily Mirror, “He’s a clever player, he doesn’t stick to one position.
“He moves along the line and behind opposition midfield and can score and assist goals so he is a fantastic players and a test for us to deal with.”
When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Arsenal from Southampton back in 2011, the talented young player would have been excited to join the likes of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in an exciting young team, but it seems like he is now joining them in another group, the unwanted one of the young Gunners whose careers are put on hold by long spells on the sidelines with injuries.
A report in the Mirror has revealed that the 20-year old has suffered a serious setback to his return from the knee injury that has kept him out of action since the first day of the Premier League season. It now appears that Chamberlain will not be available to Arsene Wenger until well into next year.
Arsenal fans are having to go through the usual turmoil of an international break, but watching England tonight there was only one player to be worried about, as Jack Wilshere was the only Gunner to start against Chile at Wembley. The good news is that Jack came through the match unscathed and was replaced with about 20 minutes to go.
It was a slightly disappointing night for the 21-year old, as England were not great and lost the match 2-0, with an early goal and a late killer being scored by Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez. Jack should not be too upset though, because it was a fairly meaningless friendly and Hodgson used it to test a few players out.
There were two Arsenal players involved in international action last night and the good news is that both Thomas Vermaelen and Carl Jenkinson came through their respective games unscathed. Both Gunners are likely to feature for their countries again next week, as England play San Marino and Belgium play play Japan, but so far, so good.
While the Arsenal fans want our key players like Ramsey, Ozil and Giroud to get a bit of a breather during this international break, both Jenkinson and Vermaelen have been fringe players so far and it will do them good to get some competitive football under their belts. So the fact that both played the full 90 minutes is certainly no bad thing.
I don’t think that the Arsenal manager has enough influence over the England national manager, but he was in deep conversation with Roy Hodgson ahead of England’s training session yesterday. The England team are using Arsenal’s training ground as they prepare for the two international friendlies against Chile and Germany and it seems that Wenger is taking the opportunity to make his case to Hodgson.
Monreal may not stick around! by Ash
For the first time arguably since the days of Ashley Cole’s time at the club, Arsenal have managed to find a top quality left back in Kieran Gibbs. Gibbs has been in great form so far this season and in fact he has been praised for his performances over the course f the last few seasons, getting better game by game, however how can we forget that we also have another left back on the books in Nacho Monreal.
It would be just about typical of the wretched luck that Arsenal have had with injuries this season if the two England internationals Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott were to recover from their injuries just in time to join the England squad for the international friendlies.
Neither player is available for Arsenal’s crucial Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund, when Arsene Wenger would absolutely love to be able to call on them as his squad is really down to the bare bones. Jack has picked up a knock to his ankle and it seems that there is no clear idea of when he will be ready. Theo had a minor operation for a strange abdominal problem but his recovery has already been delayed.
Wilshere can’t keep out of the spotlight! by Ash
Jack Wilshere has always been a character both on and off the pitch for Arsenal, but more recently it’s with the England national team that has been putting the talented midfielder in and amongst the headlines, sadly for all the wrong reasons.