Gareth Southgate has officially revealed his England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and if you’re an Arsenal fan, there’s some good news and there’s some bad news. The bad news is that Jack Wilshere hasn’t been selected, whereas the good news lies in the fact that Danny Welbeck will be on the plane to Russia.
Depending on your preference, you may see the Welbeck news as a bad thing too – and you wouldn’t be alone in that. The former Manchester United forward has been criticised heavily on Twitter as a result of his inclusion in the squad, despite the fact that he probably won’t even get on the pitch. After all, it feels like the logical move would be to have Harry Kane go up top on his own, and when we say logical, we mean ‘it’s the only realistic move’.
Due to the nature of how the squad has been built, it’s going to be tough for Southgate to slot two forwards in at once. As a result, having Kane lead the way on his own would make a lot of sense given the nature of the team. With Alli and Sterling hopefully tearing things up on either side, the door remains open for someone to come off the bench and make an impact, but Arsenal supporters should prepare themselves because it probably won’t be Welbeck who gets the call.
In Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy, England have two strikers who are known for scoring goals and causing problems. While Welbeck has been able to do so at various points throughout his career thus far, his consistency has been way off by comparison. Plus, United and Leicester are both coming off of relatively positive seasons in the Premier League, whereas Arsenal have suffered the embarrassment of failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League yet again.
If it was up to us, Welbeck wouldn’t be on the plane, but at the very least, it’s nice to see some Arsenal representation. With that being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean it was the correct move to make, especially given the wealth of stars who have missed out as a result.
We aren’t just singling Welbeck out, either, because Gary Cahill shouldn’t be on that plane either. Obviously, we could wind up being way off about all of this, and we hope we are because imagine the reaction if Danny winds up scoring a late winner in the knockout stages.
Should Danny Welbeck be going to the World Cup?