By Tony Attwood
Sometimes squads don’t tell us much but this time, we got several snippets of interest.
We’ve got news about who the most likely of the youngsters are to come through this season, we’ve got the news that there are still injuries lurking in the darkness, and we can see the overall shape of what is to come.
The two teenagers given the chance of stardom are Daniel Crowley and Chris Willock. Of course we’ve seen youngsters make an impression before, only to slip away. I remember Eisfeld in particular looking great and then just vanishing. And we’ve seen those who Untold tipped take their time, go below the radar and then come back – a certain Coquelin as I recall.
Both players are 17 and both have played for England at under 16 and under 17 level . Crowley is an attacking midfield player who has played for England at under 16 and under 17 level is a forward who we got a glimpse of last season at Boreham Wood.
Also included in the squad are Alex Iwobi (the winger who signed pro forms last year) and the recent transfer from Lens, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, an attacking midfielder.
As we knew in advance Alexis Sánchez and David Ospina are still on holiday following their frolics at the Copa América so that new chap we just signed (don’t know if you noticed it, it didn’t get much cover in the press) will play in goal. Oh here it is in the Guardian. “Petr Cech, the £10m signing from Chelsea.” Glad they reminded me.
But the injuries – even before we have started. Danny Welbeck has still not recovered from his bone bruising to the knee of last season. It is one of those that is supposed to lead to a very short time out but then just won’t heal. He is apparently doing some training, but not “full training”
Tomas Rosicky is also injured – the inevitable result of playing international matches in the summer. This one happened on 12 June. It is said to be very minor. But he’s an old man and these old-timers need their recovery time. (That is irony by the way).
So we move on to the other absentees – the ones that tell us the players are going out on loan imminently or the manager sees no further chance for them.
Carl Jenkinson, who had a very good under 21 competition (the people who had the bad u-21 competition for England were the journalists who faithfully reported that this was going to be ENGLAND’S YEAR. The u-21s lost all three matches two years ago but THIS YEAR WOULD BE DIFFERENT. It was. We only lost two.
The latest on Carl is that he is not going to Sunderland but back to the wild and woolly east end. Must be a relief that Very Fat Sam has gone.
Joel Campbell I suspect has had his chance, and is either being sold or moving onto a loan with a view to a sale. Serge Gnabry however seems to have recovered from his year long injury and clearly needs games, so I expect a loan either to a lower rank Premier League team or a Championship team. (Having said that he’ll probably go to Yeovil.)
And Yaya Sanogo. Bright spark at the Emirates Cup a year ago, but then… injury and no progress.
Calum Chambers is in the squad, as although he was in the under 21 England adventure he didn’t play. Here’s the list from Arsenal.com
- Chuba Akpom
There’s no mention of Wellington, and indeed unless I have missed it (which is more than likely) there hasn’t been much on him of late. Emiliano Martinez is still in the squad I notice – but perhaps that doesn’t say much as we need three keepers on a trip like this. Despite the FA’s attempt to deport Jack to Micronesia for singing a naughty song he’s still there.
Arsenal play Singapore on Wednesday, while there is a football rugby confrontation between Everton and Stoke City. The winners of the ties will contest the trophy on Saturday week, while the losers play for third play.
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