Arsenal hold the key for England’s 2014 World Cup Success?

by Daniel Blazer

Irony is not a word often used in football. When you think back to Wenger’s earlier days of Vieria, Petit, Anelka, Henry and Pires to name but a few, Arsenal fans could never escape the stigma of being called ‘The French National side’ however it could be argued Wenger now holds the three lions in Wilshere, Walcott and Gibbs that will lead England to long over-due success.

The emergence of Jack Wilshere as a key first team player for club (and now, perhaps, the player to officially end the Gerrard and Lampard ‘partnership’, that has never really quite worked for England) is a credit to Wenger and his philsophies. Wenger has always argued that if the english players were worth buying for reasonable prices then he would! For years Wenger plucked future stars from all over the globe ignoring the english talent, but when Wenger paid £10 million for Theo Walcott and then the same price for Jack Wilshere; eyebrows were raised but few doubted that these ‘kids’ would one day be special. Admittedly, Walcott’s progression hasn’t been as quick as the ever improving Wilshere but he has now appeared to have edged out the the ‘mis-firing’ Andrei Arshavin. Wilshere’s tenacity and vision combined with Walcott’s blistering pace and ever improving goals and assist ratio, the prospects for England are exciting ‘to say the least.’

Arsenal’s contribution to England’s future doesn’t end there. Kieran Gibbs, a pacey, talented and exciting left back has been dubbed ‘the next Ashley Cole’ and whether an Arsenal fan or not, no-one can deny this is a huge compliment. Gibbs, who very much plays the way Cole continues to do now for club and country, hasn’t quite stamped his mark upon the first eleven of Arsenal due to injuries and the performances of Gael Clichy (despite a few voicing their opinions on some costly mistakes from the frenchman early season) but with Clichy being the last remaining ‘invincible’ and constantly being linked with a move to Italy, 2011-2012 season could be the time for Gibbs to become a fans favourite for both club and country.

Arsenal could yet add more positivity to the future England squad with fourth choice keeper James Shea earning rave reviews, which prompted Southampton to take the hot prospect on loan for a month.

Brazil 2014 is still a few years off but who knows, Arsenal could become the team that lifts the World Cup for England, just like West Ham did in 1966!

13 Responses

  1. P-MG says:

    Arsenal paid 10m for a 9 year old Jack Wilshere?

    That puts a whole new spin on expensive home grown talent!

    1. Elmyr says:

      The Wilshere erratum (for the record, “when Wenger paid £10 million for Theo Walcott and then the same price for Jack Wilshere…”) is pretty appalling.

      he has now appeared to have edged out the the ‘mis-firing’ Andrei Arshavin

      the prospects for England are exciting ‘to say the least.’

      Is there some kind of wordplay or cleverness that I’m not seeing with these apostrophes, or are they actually as odd as they look to me?

      (Also, Arshavin — so particular he needs two definite articles to his name.)

      1. Daniel Blazer says:

        apologies for any offence my apostrophes may have caused…opinions on the actual topic of the article would be appreciated though!

        1. John says:

          It’s the mistake regarding the signing of Wilshire that’s most offensive. b

    2. Daniel Blazer says:

      haha ok so im guessing i made a mistake in saying arsenal spent 10 mil for wilshere, my bad i wasnt entirely sure but for some reason that rung some bells…bad journalism, on my part, gotta research

      1. Glen says:

        they paid £5mil (ish) for Aaron Ramsey (Welsh), not Jack Wilshere

  2. Rory Hanna says:

    I agree that Walcott and Wilshere are a step in the right direction for England, but Wilshere, a player very much in the Barca mould, needs quality players around him to excel. If Xavi was surrounded by players who could only hoof it upfield and out of play, he wouldn’t do nearly as well. England don’t have any skillful players, so Wilshere could be on his own.

    1. I appreciate your comment but in my opinion I feel Wilshere doesnt need skillful players around to flourish, I personally feel when fabregas isnt playing Wilshere is given more freedom and commands the midfield in a greater way, when both play its almost like a constant battle between them to try and dictate the game.

  3. Ad says:

    I’d have to agree that Wilshire and Walcott hold the key to any future success for the England national team.

    Along with Wayne Rooney (when he returns to form) I think the Arsenal duo form the three musketeers that Capello that will take England into a new era.

    I haven’t been exposed to Wilshire as much as I would like, but I recall seeing him in a friendly tournament – maybe the Emirates cup – two seasons ago and even then, he looked like a class act.

    Having watched him on and off ever since, I can vouch that he is a very gifted individual indeed.

    He is one of those rare players that recieves the ball with an elegance and not only that, he receives the ball whilst turning in the right direction and moving out of tight spot with the ball.

    When he has players around him, he can access the ball in a tight space and effortlessly carry the ball in and out of danger. I honestly believe this is one of the hardest skills to develop in football. Anyone can do a couple of step overs and look menacing, but what Wilshire does on the ball is a rare gift.

    Very few players have the gift to slow a game down and to pick out a seemingly impossible pass, Wilshire can and he does it at will.

    He’s an exciting prospect for any Arsenal follower and I am confident that he will have a bright future for England.

    Hopefully by 2014, Walcott will have defined his crossing abilities, which still seems to be the one element to his game that lets him down.

    His rapid pace makes him unplayable and a headache for defenders. But, if he can increase his crossing success rate he can become the most devestating winger to do an England shirt.

    1. your in depth analysis of both players could have come in very handy when I was writing the article haha.
      I reckon walcott would make a lethal centre forward, because as you pointed out, he lacks the final ball but with his blistering pace,centre backs wouldnt be able to handle him (Wenger would never utilise him in this position though)

      You summed Wilshere up perfectly, a real talent, who appears to improve with every game

      1. Ad says:

        Ha, ha, nice one! Feel free to use my wording for any future articles you write on the same subject.

        I love watching players like Wilshire. Having tried to play football myself for over 20 years I know it is difficult to keep a composed head when in possession. Hoofing the ball in no particular direction is easy enough to do when a player comes to close you down, but to act in the calm and collected fashion that Wilshire does at such a young age is incredible.

        I’d love to see him at Old Trafford. I really think he could provide the stability and invention United sometimes lack in the middle of the park. However, I know that United would have to cough up a hefty sum to snatch him from the Emirates. A sum that they just haven’t got. Also, Wilshire looks like he suits Arsenal and I doubt he would want to leave.

        I’ll have to save my admiration for him in England games. He is truly a class act. I just hope he delivers to his promise.

        1. leehenchoz says:

          Regarding Walcott I do see Wenger turning him into a centre forward in the next couple of years. If I remember correctly a certain Thierry Henry started life as a left winger (though he always saw himself as a centre forward) and it wasn’t until he came to Arsenal where he was permanently made a centre forward; with tendencies to drift out to the left.

          I imagine the same will apply to Walcott when he gets older that although he may be a centre forward, he won’t mind dropping out to the wing to create space for team mates, stretching the opposition back line, before using his electric pace to run through to Wilshere’s perfect through balls!

          good article!

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