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Where Have All The Arsenal England Players Gone?


By Young Han Solo
July 23 2018

I’m a (sometimes) proud Englishman and would love to see Arsenal form the spine of an England National team.

Growing up I’ve always had considerably more interest in the national side when our players were at the heart of it. David Seaman, Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Ian Wright; these guys made England exciting for me. It was never Alan Shearer, Paul Gascoigne or David Beckham. (As an aside I still blame Shearer for preventing Wrighty from having more caps than he did.)

 I’ve never understood this concept of supporting players that you genuinely detest on a weekly basis because they suddenly put on the three Lions. In fact, I think for a long time the players felt a similar way.

 For me, having our own in the shirt makes it worth while watching the often dull international distraction and I rarely watch the games if there is no Arsenal contingent involved. Most memorable for me was supporting the Dutch in 2010 because of Robin Van Persie leading their attack. I barely remember an England performance, but I remember virtually all of the Dutch’s games. I saw clips of Robbie from AFTV going crazy in Russia this summer and I couldn’t help but wonder why? Something feels very odd about desperately wanting Harry Kane to score, or for Jordan Henderson to make a last ditch tackle. (Can’t stand Henderson as another aside.)

 There was a time not that long ago where we would regularly have four players in the squad. You could rely on Wilshere, Welbeck, Walcott, the Ox all getting game time. We also had caps for Chambers, Gibbs and even Jenkinson, (who’s rarely lit up any stage to be fair.)

It looked like Wenger’s plan of replacing the mercenaries of Fabregas and Van Persie with loyal Englishmen was going to bear fruit.

 Sadly it didn’t. At the recent World Cup we had one representative; Danny Welbeck. A player, who played a measly 14 minutes for his country and had to sit on the bench while the injured Jamie Vardy would often come on to try and change the game. I’m sure I wasn’t the only Gooner who had some of the shine taken off an amazing world cup and an amazing England run by this fact.

 We’ve bought well this summer, strengthened in the areas we needed. But I haven’t even seen us linked with a single Englishman. Jack Butland is the obvious opportunity here, but we went straight for Leno. In fact, not only have we not tried to add more English players, we’ve lost one international and possibly a second. This summer we’ve let Jack Wilshere go and look set to lose Welbeck as well. (At the time of writing this there has been a week of speculating without any reply from the club or player, so it seems fairly likely.)

 Welbeck aside, in our official first team squad on Arsenal.com, we have five English players:

 Chuba Akpom

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Carl Jenkinson

Rob Holding

Callum Chambers.

 I wouldn’t bet on any of these players getting a call up any time this season.

That creates an almost unthinkable situation; that for an entire season we may not have a single English player in the England Squad. Not just the team, but the squad…for the entire season.

 Perhaps this is just another failing of Wenger, perhaps it’s because other clubs are prepared to spend on the English or perhaps it’s just because there are not enough good English players.

 Whatever it is, it pushes me to look at the future because the present is pretty bleak for Arsenal fans looking for a hero in the three lions. I took great pride in our Europe League games last season, watching youth layers like Nelson, Nketiah and Wilock play in our colours. And thankfully, we have a number of young players at various international youth levels going great guns. However, making the odd appearance is very different to displacing the likes of Harry Kane or Jordan Henderson from the national side.

My only hope is that the new manager takes a chance on our young lions the way our last one did. Signs point to us looking to build a more international contingent again and recent signings will no doubt make it more difficult for any youth players to step up. I for one though, remain hopeful that someone like Eddie Nketiah might be our next Ian Wright or Matt Macey may become our next David Seaman.

 It would certainly make England a lot more interesting to me.

 

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Where Have All The Arsenal England Players Gone?
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23/07/2018 18:16
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:07:31:15:55:35 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: Where Have All The Arsenal England Players Gone?
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
23/07/2018 22:03
I dearly love to see another Brit Pack 4.0.
Perhaps in Smith-Rowe, Nketiah and AMN, we have an excellent chance of a group of youths making it within 5 years time?

 
Re: Where Have All The Arsenal England Players Gone?
mapleleafgooner (IP Logged)
24/07/2018 12:02
Wenger's experiment to build a British core failed miserably to say the least. That's why there are not many English players in the England team. Emery will be less distracted by such ideals as he will be focused on results since his job survival depends on it.

 
Re: Where Have All The Arsenal England Players Gone?
younghansolo (IP Logged)
24/07/2018 12:15
You're probably right. Sad though

 
Re: Where Have All The Arsenal England Players Gone?
MattySadler (IP Logged)
25/07/2018 16:42
I was often able to say "Cole and Campbell were England's best players" as a kid, and that always gave me a great sense of pride. I also stood with my arms folded, even in crowded pubs, for all of Harry Kane's goals at the World Cup (though I'll admit I celebrated Alli and Trippier's goals). So this article certainly resonates with me.

In terms of playing time this season, I think Chambers and Maitland-Niles could surprise you.

 
Re: Where Have All The Arsenal England Players Gone?
CazOnARola (IP Logged)
27/07/2018 06:39
The 3 lions midfield have a tepid displsy against both croatia and Belgium, Henderson started hoofing upfield within minutes of scoring first. I think its more about application once you get a call up. Smith rowe is def one to watch, just as wilshere was. Jscks problem again injuries but also application. Same goes for players like Barkley. Smith and AMN get def in the squad if they work hard and try to cut the mistakes or if the game. In hindsight it was a stupid ass decision not to take jack by Southgate.

 
Re: Where Have All The Arsenal England Players Gone?
younghansolo (IP Logged)
27/07/2018 15:35
Quote:
CazOnARola
The 3 lions midfield have a tepid displsy against both croatia and Belgium, Henderson started hoofing upfield within minutes of scoring first. I think its more about application once you get a call up. Smith rowe is def one to watch, just as wilshere was. Jscks problem again injuries but also application. Same goes for players like Barkley. Smith and AMN get def in the squad if they work hard and try to cut the mistakes or if the game. In hindsight it was a stupid ass decision not to take jack by Southgate.

I thought at the time Jack should have gone, but now I actually think he should have gone instead of Welbeck. Clearly Southgate never intended to give Welbeck any time so a creative midfielder who could help break down teams would surely have been a more logical option.

And wit Dele clearly injured Southgate had not option but to play him because Wilshere wasn't there. He may have thought differently if Jack had gone.

 
Re: Where Have All The Arsenal England Players Gone?
Shane (IP Logged)
28/07/2018 21:32
Good write-up mate.

 
Re: Where Have All The Arsenal England Players Gone?
Ares (IP Logged)
01/08/2018 12:35
If we want England Class Players we know where to get them.

Everyone Buys Them In. We Can Buy Them In. We did that with Campbell. Best In His Position in The League. We can do that with others when they are available.

Don't be sad about it. Its time for some other clubs to enjoy having some England players.

If a player at another club is developing into one of the top five in his position in Europe he should be signed.

For example Vardy should have been signed two years ago.

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