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Will any Arsenal players be in England’s World Cup squad?

Posted on November 11, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal have a squad full of players that have represented their countries at different international tournaments.

The likes of Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny. Alexandre Lacazette, Mohamed Elneny, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi are likely to feature at next year’s World Cup. However, a scarce amount of Arsenal players look like contenders for the England squad.

Gunners players must play

Arsenal do not currently have many English players in their first-team squad. Only Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott look like realistic prospects for the Three Lions squad.

None of the trio were named in the squad for the friendly international games against Germany and Brazil. It seems all three may well struggle to get back into Gareth Southgate’s squad for next year’s trip to Russia.

The problem for the English Arsenal players is that they have hardly played for the Gunners this season. Both Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck have struggled to stay clear of injuries in recent seasons.

The versatile Welbeck is currently sidelined with a groin injury. However, he may return to action after the international break. He faces a fight to get into the starting line-up though.

Wilshere is now fully fit but has made just two substitute appearances for the Gunners in the Premier League, which have amounted to just 25 minutes on the pitch.

Wilshere is no doubt a player that England would like to use in Russia. However, he has to play more games between now and the end of the season. The midfielder went to Euro 2016, having played virtually no part in Arsenal’s previous campaign.

Meanwhile, Theo Walcott looks to have disappeared from the Arsenal first-team. The winger has struggled to get anywhere near the team in the Premier League this season. He has made just three substitute appearances for the Gunners, amounting to just 46 minutes.

Walcott seems the most unlikely out of the trio to be in Southgate’s squad for the World Cup.

Not worked out for the English players at Arsenal

I remember when Arsenal had a core group of English players who all looked promising. The likes of Wilshere, Walcott, Calum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs all looked like future stars.

However, so far the players have either failed to live up to expectations or been sold on by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

It is quite possible that Arsenal will not have a representative in England’s World Cup squad, which would be a shame.

Will any Arsenal players be in England’s World Cup squad?

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