Arsenal morning news: Walcott set for recall; Mertesacker critical

Walcott New Season

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Arsenal winger Theo Walcott could become part of a club v country row as Roy Hodgson looks set to call him up to the England squad later today.

Walcott only recently returned to action following a major knee injury and it it believed Arsenal would have liked him to rest during the international break.

However it is reported that Walcott will be included in the squad for the upcoming games with Slovenia and Scotland by England boss Roy Hodgson.

Per Mertesacker has been lamenting Arsenal's woeful defending in the game against Anderlecht. The German international saw the Belgian side pull back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 on Tuesday night and he said things must improve in that department immediately:

"We have to defend better as a team. Even when we drop they always look dangerous. We need to be more aware of that, to defend better as a team.

“Especially when we drop sometimes we have to be involved, everyone has to be involved to defend. We cannot afford that we have just five or six players defending and just the back four. That’s what we lacked especially in the final third in the last 20 minutes."

Costa Rican international Joel Campbell is keen to leave the club this winter, after becoming disillusioned with his lack of first-team football.

The forward starred at the World Cup for the surprise package from Central America, but has struggled for regular football since returning from a loan spell at Olympiakos.

He feels he is now ready to play regular football, which he will not receive at The Emirates.

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