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.
Well how wrong can you be? I thought that Arsenal had not only escaped the international break without picking up any injuries, but it seemed like all the Gunners had been able to rest and recover as none of them were overplayed by the national managers, but now it seems like we have got an injury after all. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
They have both been fixtures of the Arsenal team this season, and Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker would normally be two of the first names on the Germany team sheet as well. But the German Gunners will both sit out the international friendly against Italy this week, due to being hit by the illness bug that some have blamed for the below par showing against Manchester United on Sunday. .......Read the full article here
Jack Wilshere is one of only two Arsenal players called up to the England squad for the two friendlies against Chili on Friday and then Germany, the other being Kieran Gibbs. There are usually more, of course, but Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are still on the injured list.
The timing of this break could actually work in the Gunners’ favour for a change, allowing vital time for some players to recover and others to return from the sidelines. But it could also be useful in giving some game time and confidence to a few, most notably Jack Wilshere. The 21-year old has been slowly coming back from an ankle problem, but he looked sharp and hungry when he came on at Old Trafford on Sunday, and so another couple of run outs for England could see him ready and raring to go when the Premier League restarts. .......Read the full article here
The young Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere probably wishes that the English media and the world of Twitter would find something else to talk about at the minuted, because for the last week or so he has been embroiled in controversy, partly due to his own actions and partly due to misunderstanding and over-reaction. .......Read the full article here
While one former Arsenal left back anxiously awaits a medical report on a damaged rib, the current holder of the position at the Emirates, Kieran Gibbs, is doing the same thing but for different reasons. Arsenal fans’ favourite (NOT) former defender Ashley Cole had to be substituted in Chelsea’s win over Norwich yesterday, and he left the field grimacing and clutching his side.
His manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that this is an ongoing problem, so it seems as if Cole will probably miss the two England games coming up against Montenegro and Poland, although we are still waiting for confirmation from Chelsea’s medical staff. .......Read the full article here
I am not trying to completely excuse the performances of the Arsenal stars Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott in England’s draw against Ukraine on Tuesday, because both were below par, but there are some mitigating circumstances we should look at, and the main one is Wilshere’s lack of match fitness.
Roy Hodgson defended the 21-year old midfielder after he was criticised for his England performance. The national team boss reminded people that Jack is still not at his full fitness, and that is why he was replaced in the second half. Well, you were warned, Roy. Wenger said before the break that it would make more sense to keep Jack in reserve for the Ukraine match, but Hodgson used him against Moldova and he was much sharper in that game. .......Read the full article here
The Arsenal stars Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are ready to answer the call, and they will be called on heavily by England tonight. Roy Hodgson’s team is facing a crucial world cup qualifier against their main rivals to win the group, Ukraine. The game will be played in a ferocious atmosphere in Kiev, but that is not England’s main problem.
All of the main striking options are unavailable, for various reasons, so Southampton’s Rickie Lambert will lead the line in just his third international appearance. Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge and Carroll are out, and there is only really Defoe as an option. .......Read the full article here
Yet again it seems that Arsenal’s players are being put at risk by the England national team. Roy Hodgson is faced with two hugely important and must win games, against Moldova at Wembley tonight and against Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday. The two Arsenal players who are going to be involved are Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott and hopefully there will be no problem, but it looks like they will be played more than they might have done because of the injury problems facing England. .......Read the full article here
As well as the small problems of two massively important games for Arsenal against Fenerbahce tonight and Tottenham on Sunday, Arsene Wenger has the international break looming up in front of him. The Frenchman has good reason to worry, because the Gunners often seem to lose at least one player to injury after these rounds of international games.
Last season it was Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby we lost around this time. This season there is one player that is causing the boss real concern, our young talisman and England international Jack Wilshere. The problem, as usual, is that Jack is so important to both club and country, that there is always the temptation to play him sooner and longer than is ideal for his fitness. .......Read the full article here
One of the things that Arsenal fans love most about our England international midfield star Jack Wilshere, is also the thing that is causing me serious worries today. Super Jack is always super committed to the cause, be it the Gunners or England. Despite not playing for more than an hour for Arsenal in pre-season, Wilshere has declared himself able to play the full 90 minutes for his country tonight. .......Read the full article here