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Arsenal won’t stop Akpom playing for Nigeria

I saw great promise in Chuba Akpom when he played 20 minutes for Arsenal against Aston Villa a few weeks ago, and it seems that the Nigerian Football Federation have also noticed his ability and is keen for the 19 year-old to choose to play for his ancestral country.

Akpom was actually born in Canning Town and has played for England at U16 to U20 levels, but the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, is keen for him and Semi Ajayi, who was born in Lagos, to play for Nigeria as full internationals.

Arsenal players looking forward to fiery clash against Scotland

There were four Arsenal players that started in the England win over Slovenia, but Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are both expecting a much more competitive match against Scotland tomrrow, despite it being billed as a “friendly” match!

Wilshere even thinks tomorrows 111th meeting between the two neighbouring countries will be similar to the North London derby, with both sides desperate to win as always. “Of course it has the same meaning,” the Arsenal midfielder said in the Independent. “We’ve got a manager who has been around for a few years and he knows what England-Scotland means. He’s given us a speech about England-Scotland and told us that back in the day it was the highlight of the season.

Why England injury woes could spell BIG trouble for Arsenal

Maybe I am being a bit pessimistic here, but with all the injury problems that Arsenal have had to deal with in recent years, who can blame me? Arsene Wenger may also regret his words last week when he said in an off-the-cuff statement that the England boss Roy Hodgson could do what he liked in his use of Theo Walcott.

While there really is little that the Frenchman can do about how the international managers use his players from Arsenal, Wenger clearly wants there to be some common sense and some respect for the club involved and there often is. But when I saw the latest injury news in the Daily Express from the England training camp I could not help but worry.

Arsenal star on why Gibbs should shine for England

It seems as though a decent run in the Arsenal team, mainly because he has managed to stay reasonable injury free for the last year or so, has really paid off for Kieran Gibbs, and for the Gunners as well of course as he is now clearly our first choice left back.

But despite making his international debut for the senior England side under Fabio Capello back in 2010, Gibbs has just four caps to his name four years later. But the 25-year old will be hoping to add to that after being called up again by Roy Hodgson for the Euro qualifier against Slovenia and the high profile friendly with Scotland.

These 3 internationals MUST shine for Arsenal FIRST

There are three Arsenal players, at least, that will return to north London after this international break a little disappointed about their lack of play for their respective countries. And it could work in the Gunners’ favour if it makes Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain realise that the best way to remedy the situation is to sparkle regularly at club level.

Why England snub is good for Gibbs AND Arsenal

I am sure that the Arsenal and England international left back Kieran Gibbs would have been a bit disappointed that he was not given the chance to build on his good performance during his fourth international cap for England against San Marino the other day.

In the cold light of day, however, I think the 25-year old should return to north London feeling pretty good about himself. After all, he did nothing wrong and should have confirmed to the England boss Roy Hodgson that he is a very capable alternative to the current England first choice Leighton Baines.

Wilshere has high hopes for an England packed with Arsenal players

Our very own Jack Wilshere helped England to win their fourth game in a row tonight against Estonia, and is hopeful that perhaps this new younger England squad (full of Arsenal players!) can go on and be successful on the big stage.

There have been a lot of retirements after England’s abject failure in Brazil and Jack believes this team can improve on recent form in big tournaments.

“Lampard and Gerrard were fantastic for England and I always looked up to them, so to play with them was a dream come true,” Wilshere told

England boss tells Arsenal NOT to fret over Welbeck injury

After a somewhat hit and miss start to the season for Arsenal, this current international break was looking like a welcome on foe Arsene Wenger and his players, especially as we are expecting some key players like Walcott and Arteta back in action when the Premier League resumes.

But losing our German midfielder Mesut Ozil and French centre back Laurent Koscielny before the round of games had even started changed all that. Arsenal were then reminded just how much injuries have cost us in recent years and how vulnerable our playing squad is to any more problems.

Why Arsenal could miss Ozil as much as Germany

I know that a lot of Arsenal fans are actually quite glad about the news that our Germany international Mesut Ozil will not be available to play for a while because of the knee ligament problem that was identified when he turned up for international duty this week. But you should be careful what you wish for.

The 25-year old midfielder has certainly been a divisive member of the Gunners since joining from Real Madrid in a club record transfer last summer. He is one of those players who rarely catches the eye unless it is for the wrong reasons, failing to track back or being out-muscled in a challenge, but I also think that Ozil is one of those players whose contribution to a team is often under valued because of the way he plays.

Do Arsenal already have a new defensive midfielder?

Arsenal fans are very used to seeing Arsene Wenger put his players into unfamiliar roles on the pitch, so it seems strange that England are now doing the same thing with Jack Wilshere and are trying to turn him into a defensive midfielder this week.

One can only wonder if Arsene Wenger has discussed this career change with Roy Hodgson as we are all aware that the Gunners are in desperate need of a new player in that position, especially as both Matthieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are both getting a bit long in the tooth.

Does Costa Rica snub show Campbell has gone backwards at Arsenal?

The young Costa Rican international Joel Campbell is yet to see much action since he finally joined the Arsenal playing squad, having signed for the Gunners back in 2011 but having to spend the last three years out on loan in France, Spain and Greece.

So although the striker declared that he was desperate to come to north London and fight for his place, it has been a frustrating time for the 22-year old so far and I’m sure that Campbell was looking forward to this international break, with Costa Rica set for two friendly games in Oman and South Korea.

Wenger compares Kieran Gibbs to Abou Diaby!

Poor old Kieran Gibbs has had many chances to become a regular starter in the Arsenal first team but every time that Gael Clichy got injured, the young left-back rarely managed a run of more than a few games before getting injured himself.

Since making his League debut for the Gunners at the tender age of 18 he has never managed to stay fit for a full season, and last years tally of 24 League starts is the best he has achieved in the intervening 6 years at the club, but he has always shown great promise when fit enough to play.