Arsene Wenger must be very worried about Arsenal’s striking options ahead of next week’s visit to Manchester United. Lucas Perez, Chuba Akpom and Danny Welbeck are out injured with little hope of a return for any of them before Christmas. The latest news from Chile about Alexis Sanchez’s hamstring is very very worrying, and Yaya Sanogo is …. well, Yaya Sanogo!
Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere has been selected to make his return to international action next week.
England are set to take on Scotland at Wembley on Friday evening in the World Cup 2018 group qualifiers, before taking on Spain in a friendly match the following Tuesday evening.
A couple of Arsenal stars were in action yesterday in World Cup qualifying matches, while on-loan Joel Campbell appeared for Costa Rica in a friendly match.
“We want to make this like a club basically, that’s what we want. We want everyone to have the relationships (in the England set-up) that they have with who they’re at clubs with. That’s what we’re starting to get with this England team. I’ve probably given a few of my secrets away to my team-mates this week but it’s going to benefit England. That’s what we want, it’s all about England this week.
After the Arsenal forward Theo Walcott missed out on the England squad for the disappointing Euro 2016 tournament in the summer, which was a result of his poor form at club level in the second half of last season, he seems to have got his act together and has been producing some great performances for the Gunners.
It was not all bad news for the Arsenal players on international duty last night, as our young defender Calum Chambers, who has gone to Middlesborough on loan, started and completed the match for Gareth Southgate’s England under 21s in which they hammered Norway by 6-1, three of them coming from Man United’s Marcus Rashford.
Olivier Giroud appears to be continuing his excellent goalscoring run that started with him scoring four goals in Arsenal’s last two matches last season. He added another three (plus two assist) in France’s run to the Final of Euro2016, and after his extended summer break he has returned with another excellent opportunists strike in an international against Italy last night, which Les Bleus won 3-1.
What a time to be alive! By Galen Sona.