The Euro 2016 Championships are right around the corner and the squads have all been announced. There are ten Arsenal players set to be in action for their respective countries, and we’ve detailed them all so you know who to keep an eye out for.
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Petr Cech & Tomas Rosicky – Cech will naturally be a key player, but Rosicky may well find himself out in the cold a little – much as he did at Arsenal this season. The Czech Republic are in a group which Spain will surely top, so they will be left fighting for second spot with Croatia and Turkey.
Jack Wilshere – Somewhat surprisingly, Wilshere is the only Arsenal player in the England squad. We obviously all saw this coming after Danny Welbeck’s latest injury setback, but if you asked a year ago how many Arsenal players would be in the England squad you would have thought Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and even Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers were in with a shout. Many have high hopes for England this summer, and for once there’s perhaps good reason.
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Laurent Koscielny & Olivier Giroud – Both likely to be major players at the Euros in their native land, France are looking quietly confident this summer. Giroud has unfortunately been getting some stick from the national fans too, but hopefully that will stop at the tournament. The French side don’t have the best record at major tournaments recently.
Mesut Özil – Always a major player for Germany, the playmaker will no doubt be looking to add to his World Cup winners medal this summer. Poland and Ukraine aren’t exactly push overs, but you’d expect the ruthless Germans to win their group pretty comfortably.
Wojciech Szczesny – He may have spent the entire season on loan with AS Roma, but he’s still a Gunner and a Gooner. Poland will probably be fighting it out for second spot, but they’ll feel like they have a good chance of clinching it.
Hector Bellerin – The young right-back arguably deserved a place in the squad anyway, but in the end he only earned a spot thanks to injuries. It’s unclear whether he’ll get much playing time, but it will be great experience for him. Santi Cazorla unfortunately missed out, but with his injuries this season he will have been expecting that.
Granit Xhaka – Although not officially an Arsenal player until July 1st, we’ll still all be keeping a close eye on Xhaka. Our first summer signing looks to be a superb one, and the Swiss will be confident of at the very least coming second in their group, or potentially even toppling France.
Aaron Ramsey – Wales surprised everyone during the qualifiers, and will be hoping to do so again in the group stages. They are in a group with England though, so it will be a tall order. Russia are also unlikely to lie down, but it will certainly be an interesting group.
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