A lot has been made of the most recent England squads being without a sole representative from Arsenal.
It isn’t the first time, but there have been a dearth of England representation on the books at Arsenal since the death of the fabled ‘British core’ that represented the spine of the Gunners.
Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson were meant to be the future of not only our club, but England too, but one by one, Arsenal let go of this group of players, until but one remained.
And under Gareth Southgate, Arsenal have had no players in his squads, but that is hardly Southgate’s fault.
Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles aside, we have no players with any realistic chance of being in these squads or in the near future.
Arsenal have been a cosmopolitan side for some time now, with little worry over what country these players represent. England may be going from strength to strength right now, but Arsenal are not exactly struggling with their position either.
Does it hold much weight that we have no English internationals in our midst? Hardly. Would tottenham trade their many Three Lions for a trophy in a heartbeat.
It all hinges on how much national pride you have, and where you stand in the international vs club debate. At some point, the majority needle swung amid the apathy at international football. Instead of offering the regular thrills and spills that domestic football provides, international competition and friendlies pale in comparison.
England seem to have a great chance at Euro 2020 success, and will do so no doubt without an Arsenal player included in festivities. It does seem strange to have no England players in our makeup when you think of the huge England players we have had in the recent past.
David Seaman and Tony Adams made huge impressions during their time as a full international, and Jack Wilshere was viewed as the next great hope of English football.
Yet now we have none in the international team. Does it matter if we remain in contention for trophies though? If Holding makes the next move up, as well as Maitland-Niles we will be proud, but should they miss out, it just means a fresher player, less temptation for these players to leave the club.
The Three Lions may be roaring loudly right now, but as long as our cannon is firing then we shouldn’t give it a thought.