It looks like the awful run of luck that Arsenal had with injuries last season has carried over in to the World Cup finals in Brazil, as yet another Gunner has picked up a problem that could jeopardise their role at the tournament. This will surely be a worry to Arsenal fans, not just about whether the player will be fully fit for the start of the season with Arsenal, but whether this further highlights a fundamental problem in our training and/or medical section.
Injuries eh, Arsenal fans? How sick have we become of hearing about Arsenal players picking up knocks, whether it be while playing for club and country, it would be easy to think that lady luck had it in for the Gunners, or that they are made of glass.
Recent years reveal a catalogue of long term and recurring problems for the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and the most unlucky footballer in the world, Abou Diaby. And today we can add two more names to the list, or simply not cross them off, because both Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have spent long parts of the year in the treatment room already.
It is always a bit of a balancing act being an Arsenal fan when there is a big internatyional football tournament on during the summer. On the one hand, you are proud of the Arsenal players when they are selected to play for their country and you want them to do well, while on the other hand you want them back in great shape for the start of the next season.
The Arsenal boss may not be too happy about this, but it looks like Roy Hodgson is planning to take a risk on the fitness of Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Following England’s undeserved defeat to Italy in the opening group stage game, Hodgson knows that he needs to win, or at the every least to avoid defeat to Uruguay on Thursday night.
It is great news for England and, obviously, great news for the Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. After picking up a knee ligament injury which threatened to wreck the dynamic 20-year old’s summer in Brazil, Chamberlain has been hard at work in training, trying desperately to get himself fit and ready to help his country progress out of what looks like the hardest group in the tournament.
I know that not all Arsenal fans are also England fans, despite the fact that the Gunners actually play in the English Premier League. Football is a global enterprise these days, which is clearly highlighted in the comments section of this website and from the amazing pre-season tours that Arsenal go on.
There is no more global football event that the World Cup though, so we thought we would share this very useful infographic guide, at the bottom of this artixcle, made by Hertz, the car rental people. For any of you readers lucky enough to be heading out to Brazil at any point, the travelling is likely to be as much of a test as England face getting out of their tight group (I hesitate to call it the group of death but it is pretty tricky).
Although Arsenal Football Club will be well represented at the FIFA football extravaganza that is the World Cup finals, the Gunners are a bit thin on the ground when it comes to England. Theo Walcott was already ruled out through injury, of course, but it looks like we might not see too much of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain either.
It was not the best of nights for the two Arsenal players in the England national team. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played no part whatsoever, and didn’t look too chuffed as he watched from the stands. And Jack Wilshere only got on for the last 25 minutes, so should the two young Gunners be worried about their chances of seeing much action at the Brazil World Cup.
I don’t think so, because if England’s flat performance, despite a decent 3-0 scoreline, showed anything, it was that they are crying out for some inspiration going forward. Wilshere did some decent stuff when he came on, showing some good tigerish tackling when defending as well as nearly sparking off some goal threats, but there were mass changes going on by then and the game was done and dusted.
I think Paul Scholes would be happy if not a single Arsenal player featured in the World Cup finals this summer. JUst like Michael Owen, he has ripped into the Gunners this season and seems desperate for his own biased predictions to come true.
Since his infamous TV rant, many have pointed out the several flaws in the former United man’s argument, and we heard recently that Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere had personally got in touch to have it out with Scholes. Wilshere seems to think the chat went well and he is using it to spur him on, but Scholes has not changed his mind, it seems.
It must have been frustrating for quite a few of the Arsenal players this season, with injuries stopping them really getting up a head of steam, but it must be even worse when you can see your dreams of playing in a World Cup finals in Brazil disappearing over the horizon.
It happened to poor old Theo Walcott, of course, and it looked like he might be joined by his Arsenal and England team mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere for a while there. But Arsenal’s two young Englishman look set for Brazil and Jack looks set to start in England’s opening game against Italy, and he believes that Arsene Wenger is a big reason for that.
Both of Arsenal’s England World Cup players found out today a little bit more about how much action they can expect to see in Brazil. The England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed what squad numbers the players will wear at the World Cup and it looks good for Jack Wilshere.
Nothing is certain, of course, but the players with numbers 1-11 will feel that this is a good indication that they are in Hodgson’s thoughts to start, with the first game in the tournament coming against Italy in the hot and humid conditions of Manaus on June 14th. Jack has been handed the number 7 shirt, while his Arsenal team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will wear number 15.
I still think that there should be three Arsenal players in the England World Cup squad picked by Roy Hodgson. Luke Shaw may have been very impressive as he burst on to the scene with Southampton this season, but Kieran Gibbs has also been brilliant for Arsenal and has more experience, especially at the top level.
There is little doubt that England have got a tough group, maybe the toughest, and the adverse weather conditions are not going to do them any favours either, so Hodgson needs all the help he can get. And the Arsenal duo of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are ready to provide it after giving the England boss a fitness boost yesterday.