Arsenal were heavily criticised for fielding a team with no English players in 2005. However, eight years on, they hold three of the brightest prospects of English football.
The eldest, Theo Walcott, 24, plays alongside the youngest Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 19, and the arguably most gifted, Jack Wilshere, 21.
The three are tipped to be future England stars with all of them already featuring prominently for the Three Lions.
Walcott has outstanding pace and matured greatly last season. Often played in his effective yet unfavoured role on the wing, he has really added fire power to his game that can only benefit both club and country.
An exceptionally talented youngster is now approaching his prime-age to peak in the game. Within the next few years he should become a fantastic forward and a constant threat to opposition.
Hopefully he can find form for both club and country allowing him and his fellow compatriots to lead England to success.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is an enthusiastic young player who clearly loves playing football. He has a true English heart and has talent to match his desire. At only 19 he has a fantastic future ahead of him and hopefully he can cement a place in Arsenals starting line-up. He, like Walcott was part of the prestigious Southampton Youth Academy which has clearly impressed Arsene Wenger.
It is a shame Gareth Bale was picked up by Wales and Tottenham because another ex-Southampton player could have also represented both England and Arsenal.
Wilshere is the future of English football and can hopefully develop a fantastic relationship with both Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Wilshere has been compared to Xavi and Iniesta by their team-mate Dani Alves and Bastian Schweinsteiger has said he’s, in his position, “one of the best players”.
The young and talented Marco Reus has described Wilshere as the “perfect player” and there is huge pressure and expectation on his young shoulders. He if readily fit and available, is surely the next heir to the England captaincy and will hopefully guide a new generation of English players.
If they manage to play consistently, week in week out, and develop chemistry similar to that of Xavi and Iniesta’s, the three will become the major players for England and be able to carry both Arsenal and England to victories.
They will hopefully be able to inspire their teams with their exceptional ball control, vision, pace and clinical finishing which all three possess between them. The tremendous trio can become world superstars, house-hold names and legends in the English game.
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