There will be just two Arsenal players in the England squad that plays a couple of friendly matches, against Brazil and Republic of Ireland, but both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are likely to feature prominently. While 24-year old Walcott will be hoping to carry his club form across to the international scene, it seems to be the other way round for the Ox.
Stuart Pearce has lost his battle with Roy Hodgson over the Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, but the manager of the England under 21 side is still hoping to get another Gunner from the first team to join his squad for the European Championship in Israel this summer.
Noooooooooo. Not again!! Theo Walcott is returning to Arsenal after picking up an injury while training with the England squad for the World cup qualifiers against San Marino tonight and Montenegro on Tuesday. The news is very worrying for Arsenal fans and will be a real concern for Walcott and Arsene Wenger.
Jack Wilshere is a massive part of the future of Arsenal, but he is also seen as the next best thing for the England international side as well. Arsene Wenger has already admitted to using him more than was probably ideal when he was returning from his lengthy spell away from the game, and Roy Hodgson is facing the same temptation.
Why Theo Walcott is important from the bench by KJ
After Friday’s internationals, Walcott was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected broken rib against San Marino – something that could keep him out of football for a good two months.
The latest update on the Theo Walcott injury is that the Arsenal man is suffering from a bruised lung and he is likely to miss around three weeks, which will rule him out of the Premier league games against Norwich and QPR, the Champion’s league game against Schalke and the Capital One Cup game against Reading.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was one of the best England players on the pitch yesterday for England. The Arsenal midfielder was always lively and looked the most likely to break down San Marino who often had everybody behind the ball.
The England manager Roy Hodgson is going to take a leaf out of Arsene Wenger’s book when his team line up at Wembley tonight against international minnows San Marino. Along with using Wenger’s formation, Hodgson will start with two of the Arsenal players who are used to it.