Are these two Arsenal stars unlucky to be snubbed by England?

The big news from the current international break from an Arsenal point of view involves our on-loan midfield star Jack Wilshere, who has been brought back into the fold by the temporary manager Gareth Southgate after getting some regular game time with his current club AFC Bournemouth.

I am not surprised to be honest but I was surprised to see that Wilshere was not joined in the England squad by his two fellow Gunners Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs. Neither went to Euro 2016 with the three lions because they had not been playing club football, but both have been doing recently and playing well to boot, for one of the best and most in form clubs in the Premier League.

With the Man United left back Luke Shaw missing out with fitness problems I thought Gibbs had a great chance after his recent Arsenal performances but Southgate has chosen to go with Ryan Bertrand and Danny Rose. The Spurs defender is going to be first choice as he is the regular starter but when in form I reckon Gibbs should easily oust Bertrand, as the stats comparison on shows clearly.

Some may say his omission is due to him not being an England regular but that will not wash for the Ox, who has been a feature for his country since he was a teenager and is currently back in form. In fact he has already scored more goals this season than any other since joining the Gunners five years ago. He also has more international goals than the players Southaget has gone for; Lallana, Lingard and Townsend.

Add to all this the fact that playing for Arsenal has given Gibbs and Chamberlain plenty of European experience and can you see why I think our players are very unlucky to have been snubbed by England?

Sam P.

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  1. They have played well in recent matches
    But I am a bit selfish and happy they won’t risk injury as we may need them

    I have been really down since Sunday
    I know we drew but it felt like a loss to us and a win to Spuds
    Anyway, my spirits will be lifted when we defeat United and Mourinho

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