There could be ZERO Arsenal players at the World Cup with England

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere may not have a club after this summer, but his chances of getting a bumper contract from a top team have increased dramatically by the news that he has been given a chance by Gareth Southgate to show his improvement in England’s two friendly matches against Holland and Italy. If he shows the form that he has had for Arsenal in recent months he is nearly a certainty to go, and I have just seen that Bet365 have reduced his price to 4/11 to be on the plane after heavy betting on the midfielder ahead of these friendly matches.

The fact is that if Wilshere does not re-sign with the Gunners, there is every chance that the England side will have absolutely zero Arsenal players in the squad. Danny Welbeck has also had a call up for these games, but he was only included because of a late injury to Harry Kane, and he is unlikely to actually make the squad if Kane recovers well and Jamie Vardy remains fit.

It looks like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s decision to join Liverpool has paid off and he is also short odds-on to be in the final 23, but Theo Walcott’s move to Everton has not helped his chances and he will be watching England on the TV this weekend and he is now 9/2 to go to Russia.

There is one other possible Arsenal player that could maybe still make the squad, and if Maitland-Niles has a storming end to the season he could get a wild-card entry, but Unibet is only one offering odds on him going and they price him as a 25/1 chance.

Which Arsenal players do you think Southgate should choose?



  1. ThirdManJW says:

    If fit, Jack, and Welbeck will go. England are really short on quality in central midfield which helps secure Jack’s place, and although Welbeck is a flop for us, he does well for England, and is versatile. Maitland-Niles would have been an outside bet, but he won’t go given his lack of playing time.

  2. Break-on-through says:

    Could not be arsed in the slightest. I only care they come back confident and fit but could not give less care to the results of their nation unless I have a bet on it. And I’m certainly not betting on England. If they don’t go, well, it’s no wonder we are sixth.

  3. Phil says:

    Jack Wilshere will go to Russia and if fit will start every game.His game is suited to International Football and there is another very simple explanation.There is simply nobody else who can do what Jack can at that level.
    Who else comes close?Henderson is nowhere near Jacks level and now struggles to get a regular place in his clubs side.Llanana ditto Henderson.Oxlade Chamberline ditto his two club mates unless played wide.Dier is useless.How has this overrated clogger even got in his club side let alone start for his country?Barkley is either injured or not even close to the Chelski first team so he’s not going.Livermore? What a joke that is.
    Jack will play at the base of midfield where he has previously impressed for his country. There is no one else as good.

  4. Break-on-through says:

    I’d actually like to hear from Ken if he’s reading, about what he said on Mesut salary upsetting the dandelion cart at Arsenal. I haven’t seen anything about it but we are usually unwilling to match the top salaries which Musut’s has reached. I can see how down the road there could be problems esp if Ozil has an iffy year but a couple of players step up and are on half his salary.

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      This is what the media are reportedly saying.
      One of the stumbling blocks with Aaron Ramsey’s and Wilshere’s contract talks is said to be the hike in Ozils salary and what they are currently being offered as individuals.
      Don’t know how much truth there is in this, but I suppose it does make sense.
      Could be the media are just stirring up the Arsenal bull***t again however.
      On the point of Wilshere, in my opinion, he is a certainty to play if fit.
      Just hope he stays fit for our club run in and signs the contract along with Ramsey.
      If they both left, it would cause a big headache for Raul and Sven, need to clear it up before the summer.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        Thanks for the reply Ken.

  5. Sue says:

    Wilshere will definitely get a game. Welbz usually does well for England, so I reckon he’ll get a bit of game time.
    I’ll watch if any Arsenal players are in the line up, but not usually that bothered with England as with all the players it’s like watching Liverpool or the spuds ☹

  6. Gunner22 says:

    It really doesn’t matter who goes and who stays, England have no chance beyond second round and that’s not Wenger,’s fault. England has a bunch of over rated players with no skill. Sorry the truth hurts

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      Six replies without a mention of you know who!
      Shame on you, but agree with the overrated bit.

  7. jon fox says:

    Frankly , who cares a jot! Not me ! I support Arsenal not an English team that has done nothing since 1996 and before that 1990 and before that 1966. A far longer fallow spell than even Wenger has managed. I will be passionately watching cricket while the world cup, in corrupt to to the core Russia, shames our sport and is shaming all football. Any country with a scintilla of humanity would not touch Russia and this World Cup with a bargepole. I won’t be watching and hope England refuse to go. Compared to Russa , even our Arsenal regime is honest. And the next WC is in QATAR. In a country the size of half of London! What a corrupt farce FIFA is!

  8. Yossarian says:

    I feel in love with the world cup watching Mexico ’86 as a young child, and can’t wait for Russia 2018. Also don’t believe all the negative stuff you read in the press about Russia. I’ve been to Moscow lots of times, and nowadays it’s a great place to visit.

    England have been a big pile of crap for over 20 years, but I have a funny feeling that they may do ok this time if certain players are fit. For the first time in ages there lots of real quality England players at top teams in the EPL (EG. Kane, Alli, Dier, Rose, Rashford, Lingard, Young, Walker, Sterling, Wilshere)

    1. Yossarian says:


      1. jon fox says:

        Though I totally disagree with you about Russia, I have to admire your precise English and punctuation, even to the extent of correcting one mere letter. I wish many more had your language ability.

        1. Abel says:

          That sounds incredibly condescending.

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