Arsenal attacking duo Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck are the Gunners only representatives in the England squad ahead of their Euro 2016 warm up matches against Germany and Holland, with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur claiming five spots in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
As the Gunners close in on the crunch part of the Premier League season, they find themselves in an unfamiliar position behind their bitter rivals heading into the final nine matches of their campaign.
The two Premier League ties between the clubs may well have ended in stalemates, however Spurs don’t just have one up on Arsenal in terms of the table but now they boast a range of promising young talent among the England ranks, many of whom they’ve developed internally.
Spurs have five players in attendance to Arsenal’s two, with Roy Hodgson selecting Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane for The Three Lions upcoming friendly fixtures.
In what is a common narrative as far as Arsenal are concerned, they have two other injured stars in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere who could have made an impact on the England squad but still have some months up their sleeve in a bid to prove their fitness and sharpness.
Hodgson confirmed that much in Thursday evening’s Standard Sport newspaper.
“Arsene Wenger informs me Jack is making good progress. Alex should be back in April so he will have the chance to impress us,” said the England boss.
Elsewhere Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers have been over looked. Both have been ousted from their starting positions by Spanish full backs Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal, consequently struggling to secure regular game time outside of Cup appearances of late. Both are players who would fancy themselves to crack into Hodgson’s thinking ahead of this summers championship in France, but remains unlikely with just nine matches remaining and their Spanish counterparts not showing any signs of letting up.
So what does this mean for Arsenal? Sure having our players not jetting around for international duty is a bonus considering the rigorous nature of the Premier League and cup competitions, but unfortunately it is very much reflective on how the two north London sides currently sit.
Arsenal continue in their struggle to keep their prodigious talents fit and from stagnating, while Spurs are bringing some exciting talent through that physically seem up to the intensity of top level club football. Just one look at their league position is enough to make any Gooner worried that St Totteringham’s Day may well not be on the cards this year.
Linking up with England could be a welcomed bout of sharpness for both Welbeck and Walcott, especially the latter who has fallen down the pecking order after some rather anonymous performances. It may also provide a fantastic opportunity for Spurs’ contingent to suffer some injuries, here’s hoping.