Ox scores as Arsenal stars shine again for England

With Arsenal now having turned from a team of mainly foreign players to being built around a strong core of young British players, the Gunners now find themselves in the strange position of being the main provider of players for the England national team.

And the young Gunners are doing very well for Roy Hodgson. Once again our players were a key part of England winning their friendly match against Scotland at Celtic Park and ending the year on a real high after the disappointment of the World Cup. Maybe England would have fared much better in Brazil if the likes of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had been fit.

Jack and the Ox started the game tonight along with Danny Welbeck and while our new cerntre forward had another good game up front, it was the other two that put England in front, with Wilshere raking a beautiful long diagonal ball which beat the Scotland defenders and allowed Chambo to deftly head it past Marshall in the Scotland goal.

Apart from Rooney, who scored the other two goals in a 3-1 win, the three Gunners stole the show. Neither Walcott nor Chambers played but Kieran Gibbs got the last half an hour or so to replace Shaw. There was a minute or so of concern when Welbeck looked like he may have tweaked a hamstring but he was soon running perfectly normally again and was then subbed off.

So apart from THeo not getting any minutes on the pitch, it has been a fantastic international break for Arsenal’s England stars. And just as playing together for the club seems to be helping England, hopefully the reverse will be true when they play for Arsenal.

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  1. henry12 says:

    Good for the boys. Maybe Wilsh should be playing deep-lying midfielder after all.

    1. Amith says:

      Just shows, Hodgson does make better use of our players:
      JW in DM role, Ox told to play more forward, wat a combination for the 1st goal, wont find that in arsenal and to think its 2 arsenal players (wenger got stars but has no idea how to use them correctly).

  2. Greg says:

    Great performance today by the “ox”! I want him to reproduce that same form against man u on saturday at the emirates! Lets beat em “gunners”! Coyg!

  3. ruelando says:

    The ox continues to grow, welbeck puts in a decent shift, some may think i am being quite hard even playing one of their biggest rival in scotland, but i felt wilshere was brilliant going forward, but was like play doe in the defensive area, i actually think wilshere would be great behind the main striker. i fear when Hodgson continue playing him there without a solid DM, he is going to be cut to shreds by the quality opposition and by the english fans.

    My mom always say “prevention is better than cure”

  4. nzGooner says:

    Wilshere should get the nod ahead of Ramsey this week, Wilshere’s learning to release the ball earlier and Ramseys doing the exact opposite at the moment.

  5. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Glad they did well. I’m proud. Now if you could all shine at the club level too, that’d be great.

  6. Big Gun says:

    Props to Wenger for having a solid English representation in our squad, as it can only help us as a club and not to mention the English international team as we have seen from these recent internationals. Let’s hope these particular players like Chamberlain and Wilshere can take this cohesion and positive attitude into Saturdays game against manure.

  7. Bobshinery1 says:

    with what Wilshere has been playing for English in is 4 matches now. I think he’s getting back to form well, but Wenger mismanagement of him ruin his game.

    You might say, England face a small team, but dont forget Anderlect, Leciester City, Swansea are also a small team compare to us…. And remember Poland beat Germany, Belarus beat Mexico, Spain was beaten also by small team. So, it means, no small team anymore in world football.

    Wenger need to get his tactic right quickly and get us back to winning ways.

    With all Man U injury, am still scared as hell that we might lose the match with another wrong tactic and team selection.
    God help us… COYG.

  8. Cashleycol says:

    If Wenger can’t beat a depleted MaNure, then I think it’s time to call time on his Arsenal career…. I can’t forget how Arshavin toiled one afternoon as a false 9 and that hammmerringgggg… Time to revenge… Failure to do that I will do a sit in at London Coln…. HUNGER STRIKE UNTIL WENGER GOES… And um not kidding… Um just tired….

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