Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans will be hoping that the England manager Roy Hodgson takes pity on us and our injury ravaged squad, but the game this evening between England and Slovenia at Wembley is a qualifier for the Euro championship tournament and Hodgson’s job is to win the game.
So if he feels that the Arsenal players will give his team the best chance of success, he will use them. And that could well mean that six Gunners are in the starting XI this evening, especially after some other members of the England squad have had to pull out due to injury problems.
Leighton Baines has become the latest of those and as Hodgson had already dropped Luke Shaw from his final 23, it means Kieran Gibbs is the only left back available and so will have to play the full 90 minutes. England can recall Shaw for the friendly with Scotland on Tuesday so hopefully Gibbs will get a rest for that one.
The other Gunners that are almost certain to start are Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck, while Calum Chambers, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott also have good chances. With Michael Carrick and Andros Townsend also pulling out, there is more pressure on the Arsenal lads to fill the gaps and that is good news for them, but with Arsenal’s injury record it does make me worried that at least one of our stars could be heading for the treatment room…