France manager Didier Deschamps has left out Arsenal striker Didier Deschamps from his latest squad, with the centre-forward currently struggling with injury and match fitness. After a late summer holiday following his Euro 2016 excursions, Giroud had a toe injury to contend with and was suspended for Arsenal’s recent Champions League clash so supporters have seen very little of the former Montpellier man this season.
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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury which sees him missing out for the Wales national team ahead of October’s World Cup qualifiers. The former Cardiff City man has struggled with muscle injuries in the past, but Wales manager Chris Coleman was critical of Arsenal’s medical team, suggesting they aren’t doing the best for Ramsey’s recovery.
“It’s disappointing that he’s not fit when we expected him to be fit. He expected to be fit sooner as well so it’s disappointing for all of us. I know what Rambo’s like – he’ll want to be on the pitch. He doesn’t belong to us, he’s Arsenal’s player and it’s their call, they pay his wages, and if that’s the decision they made it’s up to them,” Coleman said.
A number of Arsenal players were on international duty this week with vital World Cup qualifiers taking place all over the world. Here is how the Gunners on international duty got on:
Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi were in the Germany squad for their squad against Norway and Finland. Both featured for the reigning world champions.
Mustafi played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Finland but had to have treatment on an ankle problem and was then an unused sub for Die Mannschaft’s 3-0 win over Norway in their first World Cup qualifier.
England boss Sam Allardyce announced his Three Lions squad to face Slovakia on Sunday in a World Cup qualifier, with Allardyce’s side odds of evens to claim victory in the new boss’s first outing as national team boss.
There were a few surprises like Everton’s Ross Barkley, who has made a decent start to the campaign. One of the other surprise omissions was that of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
Maybe it was not a surprise
Okay so maybe it should not have been such a surprise. The central midfielder has made just two substitute appearances for the Gunners this season, amounting to just 37 minutes in total of action.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been recalled to the England national team by new manager Sam Allardyce ahead of the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifier against Slovakia next month. The former Southampton man has impressed early on this season for Arsenal and has been rewarded with a call-up that could see him make only his second England appearance since September 2015.
Walcott was omitted from the Euro 2016 squad this summer but has worked hard to hit form straight away in 2015/16. The 27-year-old has no distractions in pre-season as he wasn’t playing international football, and he will be hoping he can finally go a season without a major setback. Walcott has been blighted with injuries during his 10 years for club and country, but England manager Sam Allardyce feels he’s still worth the gamble.
Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry is reportedly set to join the Germany squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer, according to Sky Sports. If he participates along with the other 17 players, Gnabry will miss the remainder of pre-season with Arsenal and the first Premier League game of the new campaign. And with the 21-year-old in the last year of his deal, having been frozen out of the first-time in the last season, is it wise for him to join Germany’s Olympics squad?
According to the Independent, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been given three week’s holiday after his Euro 2016 excursions, which leaves Chuba Akpom as the only natural centre-forward in the squad in pre-season. The likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez have led the line in makeshift roles, but would manager Arsene Wenger really leave himself so short in attack?
Olivier Giroud played six games in this summer’s European Championship, scoring three goals and making two assists for the France national team, and was expected to be given time off to rest. However, three weeks away from the training camp would see him miss the start of the season, while lacking match fitness on his return.
France and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was on the losing side in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final, but was one of the players who will come away from the tournament with a lot of credit for his performances.
The 30-year-old was part of a defence with an average age of 32 at times, but helped France to five clean sheets in normal time, and will have delighted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger upon his return. Strong and pacey, the heart of France’s defence was marshalled excellently by Koscielny.
France and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud disappointed for Les Blues in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final defeat to Portugal. The 29-year-old struggled to get to grips with a physical and canny Portugal backline, and found good opportunities limited despite his side boasting the lion’s share of possession.
He was brought off in the 77th minute by manager Didier Deschamps, having spurned two opportunities, while failing to make a telling impact on proceedings. Giroud started the tournament in fantastic shape, scoring and creating five goals in his first four appearances, but went off the boil in the semis and final.
According to various sources, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been the subject of interest for a number of clubs this summer following an impressive Euro 2016 campaign with finalists France. The 29-year-old is alleged to have ‘a string of enquiries’ for his signature, but the Gunners aren’t looking to sell.
Giroud has scored three goals in the European Championships so far, making two assists. He’s formed a potent partnership with Antoine Griezmann in attack and will come away with many plaudits following some positive showings for Les Blues.