Time for England to follow Arsenal’s lead on Walcott?

It must be a little confusing for the Arsenal and England stars Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as their situations with club and country are very different. The Ox is a regular starter for Roy Hodgson in the international games yet he struggles to force his way into the Arsenal line up.

And the opposite is true of Walcott, even though he returned from his long spell on the sidelines through injury in good scoring form. Even though he has been playing as a centre forward under Arsene Wenger and proving himself capable, Hodgson still seems to see him as a winger and even then he is way down the pecking order.

Maybe this international break will be different. With England having already qualified for the Euro 2016 tournament next summer, Hodgson has a great chance to experiment a little bit. And with his current first choice strikers, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane, looking very short of form in front of goal while the Arsenal man is flying, you would be surprised if he did not get a chance in at least one of the two games coming up.

I certainly hope so as it would boost his confidence as well as giving him more time on the pitch to hone his centre forward skills. Walcott is learning fast but anything that helps him has to be good for the Gunners, so will England and Hodgson do us a favour?

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  1. If Arsenal players don’t play in international fixtures, it won’t sadden me. Rest and no injuries are good things

    Selfish Arsenal supporter
    (Also England have already qualified anyway)

  2. Theo has really improved this season, i just pray that his good form continues throughout the season, for arsenal and he remains injury free!

  3. The competition for the England centre forward is fierce: Sturridge, Kane, Rooney, Welbeck, Walcott. Whether as CF or winger, Walcott should be starting though.

  4. o.t pls anyone seen this gohkan tore guy from besiktas?….I know I only saw YouTube videos but I like what I see
    1.he plays on both wings
    2.he delivers clean passes into d box for his strikers both aerial and grounder
    3.he dribbles well and releases passes on time
    4.he shoots and scores
    5.he has very good body balance and he’s quite strong so can hold his own against powerful defenders.
    6.very intelligent and cheeky passes with both feet
    7.(this is sentimental) he scored a those Sanchez like goals against united Liverpool n villa
    8.high work rate and he’s just 22 or so
    rumour mill has it we are after him.I say give em Campbell and bring in this guy in January.also heard abt yamolenko but Barca’s interest scares me.I know its quite early b4 Jan transfer but hey I just wish d best for my team.I say bring in a striker with this tore guy then Adrien rabiot then we have a brighter future

    1. We have prospects galore.. Maitland-Niles, Adelaide, Iwobi and Gnabry. Ox needs a big season after a few seasons being so injury ridden.
      If you look at the squad we’re a forward and a midfielder short. So if we’re going to shop it should be proven talent, not prospects.

  5. Walcott gained much confidence now since given more game time.

    I think AW should give Ox the more game time to develop his play.

    That kid needs it badly.

  6. I don’t believe we will bring anyone in, in the January transfer window, because Kroenke is stockpiling Arsenal funds to use them as collateral for his LA Rams move, and possibly for a takeover bid of the other Arsenal shareholders, following in those esteemed Glazer footsteps.

    This is what’s been happening all along, and we sold / loan 14 players and only brought in 1 as part of the way to boost reserves. I believe Wenger reasoned that without being able to rotate players in the squad, because of lack of depth, that the only course of action was to go all out for the EPL and forget the CL, and you can’t argue with that logic. We will either go all out and try to make the next round to avoid embarrassment, or more likely play like we have been in the CL, in order to make sure we come 4th rather than 3rd, which would be a disaster.

    In order for Arsenal to progress, I believe it is far more important to get rid of Kroenke rather than Wenger, although this will be extremely difficult. Besides Kroenke will never get rid of Wenger because he knows that no one else could bring so many good results, and hence so much money on so little funding.

    1. You honestly believe Wenger instructs his players to go out and lose in the CL? The teams he’s been fielding have been pretty close to full strength… You think our best players would want to hang around with Wenger saying ‘the CL’s a no hoper this season boys, go out there and lose?’ You think that’s the kind of mentality he’d want to inspire in a challenging team for any match??

      It’s these kind of conspiracy theories that are just absolutely ridiculous… Our record signing in Ozil is one of the most marketable players in the world. His shirt sales alone would have paid off a fair portion of his transfer fee, and having players in that bracket only helps to increase the revenue of the club.
      Wenger’s January shopping has been brilliant these past few seasons with Gabriel and Monreal establishing themselves as solid, first-team regulars. Actually, I’m struggling to think of a better defensive signing made in the PL these past few seasons. (Zouma, Mangala, Otamendi maybe… but yet to show the consistency Monreal has been producing)
      January shopping seems a lot more low key. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if we lure a lesser known, strong performer with an upside.

  7. Rooney (Name & captain), possible Kane & Sturridge might be considered ahead of Theo, but he certainly needs to be given a chance and he proves them wrong. Not bringing him on in the 80’s minute!

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