A lot has been made about Arsena's growing German contingent, but it is their ‘British core’, the quintet of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain which secure the future of the Gunners.
All five signed new contracts at the club last year and along with Theo Walcott create a promising future for Arsenal, for so long Arsene Wenger was criticised for not bringing through British players and now he potentially has the most talented crop of any club in the UK.
It’s all well and good having these players but can they form the basis of a title winning team? Well there is no reason why all of them cannot, each one of them has the talent to become one of the best in their position in the Premier League.
Wilshere, probably the standout talent of the group, can really take the league by storm if he is able to fully recover from his year out. He has shown flashes off his back since returning but it seems as though full fitness is eluding him.
In the last year or two Kieran Gibbs has really pinned down the left-back spot at the Emirates, he went through a phase of injuries but he looks to be over that now.
Some continuity at the back for Arsenal will do wonders for confidence and it will allow a group to work together consistently.
Carl Jenkinson still has some developing to do and he has lots of work if he wants to take Bacary Sagna’s starting spot anytime soon.
Injuries can derail a young player but Aaron Ramsey has overcome his horrific broken leg to start this season in outstanding form, if he can continue like this then Arsene Wenger will have an embarrassment of riches in midfield.
This is what Oxlade-Chamberlain has to be wary of after he suffered a medium-term injury in Arsenal’s season opener against Aston Villa.
It was all set to be a big season for the young midfielder but now it has opened the door for Theo Walcott to cement his place in the side for good.
These six players are not enough on their own if Wenger can add experienced quality to the squad, like the signing of Özil, then Arsenal can really be a force once again. Exciting times if you are an Arsenal fan.
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