We will have to wait and see whether the Arsenal and England defender Kieran Gibbs is selected by his national manager Roy Hodgson for the friendly game against France at Wembley tonight, which is bound to be an odd and emotionally charged encounter after the terrible terrorist attacks in Paris, but with England wracked by injury problems and having to play a very young team, as well as the limp performance put in by Ryan Bertrand at left back against Spain, I will be surprised if Gibbs does not start.
The Spanish international midfielder Santi Cazorla has been a big part of the way Arsenal have performed this season, controlling the central midfield area with his silky skills to add to the steel of Francis Coquelin. The little magician has done a brilliant job of proving that he can hold down that tricky role amid the ferocity and speed of English football.
When Jack Wilshere burst into the Arsenal first team at the tender age of 16, he followed Theo Walcott by being hailed as the “Future of England” with his bulldog attitude and limitless confidence but, like Walcott, his development has been severely hampered by injuries.
The Arsenal winger-turned-striker Theo Walcott was given his chance in the middle of the action again in England’s 9th win in a row as they beat Estonia 2-0, with the Three Lions top scorer and captain, Wayne Rooney, absent from the squad-