It may have been different if not for the injury and fitness problems suffered by some of the Arsenal players, but this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament did not see as many Gunners involved as we would have expected, with England especially light on Arsenal stars.
What now for injured Arsenal star? by A.H.
The Arsenal and England international midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had to face the news that he was going to be ruled out for the rest of the season after an injury to the medial ligament in his right knee. The injury news also rules him out of going to the European Championships with England this summer. Such news raises the question, will Gunners fans see the Ox in an Arsenal shirt again next season?
Many of our Arsenal players have been linked with exits this summer, so I thought I’d give a breakdown on who I think will be staying, and how our exit-dealings should pan out.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger today revealed that he is not looking to make major changes to his current squad before the new campagn, so we thought we’d look at the latest possible arrivals.
Whether the Arsenal transfer rumours about the possible sale at the end of the season of the England international midfield star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are true is anyone’s guess. It could all be just the football media putting two and two together to get five or simply conjecture after the latest injury picked up by the Ox has thrown into question the impact that the 22-year old has had for Arsenal since we signed him from Southampton in 2011.
Arsene Wenger could still have a surprise or two up his sleeve for us when he puts in the Arsenal team sheet for the Champions League match against Barcelona this evening, but I think that the team he picked for the FA cup clash with Hull City on Saturday as well as the Arsenal injury list makes it fairly easy to guess most of the players that will start against the Spanish champions.
After a somewhat cautious and nervous start to the game today, Arsenal scored two good goals through Mesut Ozil and the Ox and so a lot of Arsenal fans were looking forward to more of the same after the break. It had been seven years since the Gunners failed to score for the Premier League games in a row so I thought this was the perfect chance to make amends and fill our boots.
Arsenal got two first half goals and then saw out a spirited second half from Bournemouth to end the recent run without a win. The points were vital today and we now prepare for Leicester with renewed confidence and a better looking league table. But it was not the dominant performance and heavy scoreline that it could have been had we kept our foot on the gas after the two goals.