Arsenal have long had a strong representation when it comes to international representation.
France 98 saw two of our best combine to score a third goal and hammer the final nail in Brazil’s coffin – and creating headlines of “Arsenal win the World Cup.”
Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker all won World Cup winners medals in 2014.
Players like Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Petr Cech, David Ospina, players who have had an illustrious international career while at our club.
When it comes to England though, this is where the tradition ends – at least lately.
The latest England squad has been announced, and yet again there was no call-up for any Arsenal players, despite some real sub-par players being selected or some that are so woefully out of form that they have surely been picked on reputation alone.
First and foremost when it comes to being snubbed is Calum Chambers and Rob Holding.
Chambers especially has enjoyed a strong start to the season and each and every performance this campaign has seen Chambers do well, whether that be at right-back or centre-back.
With Arsenal struggling , that may put a doubt in Gareth Southgate’s mind, but with England’s recent struggles to keep a clean sheet, Michael Keane’s inept displays, Joe Gomez hardly playing a game and John Stones not exactly setting the world alight since returning from injury.
Surely there would be a place for both Holding and Chambers?
Then we have the likes of Joe Willock who has really impressed since nailing down a spot in our squad. He has been given license to thrive by Unai Emery, and Willock has shown prowess in tackling and passing, enough to at least get a nod from Southgate.
Especially when you consider that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain plays far less than Willock and Declan Rice is so out of form that he could be considered a liability for both club and country.
So it continues that Arsenal fail to have an England international.
It is probably a good thing for Arsenal as a collective though, as these players get to refresh themselves and prepare for our next game, rather than run the risk of injury with another game – so there are positives!