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An England XI made up almost entirely of current Arsenal players

Arsenal's Theo Walcott

What would England's starting line-up look like if every English Arsenal player were to feature?

Arsenal's Theo Walcott

Arsenal have come under scrutiny in the past for fielding too many foreign players, at least before that became the norm in the Premier League in recent years.

However, they currently have a wealth of English talent to choose from, even if some of those are fringe players and others have often struggled with injury.

This England starting XI will feature every senior Arsenal player who is eligible, regardless of form or fitness - however, we have had to use some artistic licence as the Gunners' options still leave a couple of spots open.

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster

Arsenal do not have a senior English goalkeeper to choose from, so we have selected Fraser Forster here ahead of Joe Hart. Hart is certainly a talented goalkeeper, but he's going through a rough patch at the moment. Southampton's towering 6'7" keeper is an excellent player, and deserves his chance.

England's Kieran Gibbs in action with France's Hatem Ben Arfa

Left-back: Kieran Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs was once an exciting prospect at left-back for England. These days, that title belongs to Luke Shaw, while Gibbs has lost his starting spot at Arsenal to Nacho Monreal.

The 26-year-old is still a good player though, able to tackle and cross effectively, and showing maturity and professionalism to fight for his place at Arsenal over the last couple of years.

Centre-backs: Rob Holding & Calum Chambers

21-year-old Rob Holding signed for Arsenal from relegated Bolton this summer, and has shown promise in his early showings for the club. He and centre-back partner Calum Chambers won the Toulon Tournament with the England Under-21s in the summer, and both are bright prospects.

England's Calum Chambers

Chambers has been loaned out to Middlesbrough, while Holding remains at Arsenal, providing back-up for Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi.

Right-back: Carl Jenkinson

It is easy to forget that Carl Jenkinson is still an Arsenal player. He sustained a serious knee injury when out on loan at West Ham United, but is close to making a return to action. It is unlikely that he will displace the in-form Hector Bellerin, but he is an excellent crosser and a valuable squad player for the Gunners.

Left Wing: Danny Welbeck

Another on the way back from injury, Welbeck was - briefly - the top scorer in Euro 2016 Qualifying before a knee injury towards the end of the season took him out of action.

Martin Caceres in action for Uruguay

He has pace, an eye for goal, and works incredibly hard for the team. He is a natural striker, but for the purposes of this team will fill in on the left.

Central Midfield: Jack Wilshere

Once the symbol of England and Arsenal's futures, Jack Wilshere is still a tremendously talented player. While his struggles with injury have been well-documented, he has an opportunity while on loan at Bournemouth to remind the world of what he is capable of.

At his best, he can take the ball past players and drag his team up the field, whilst possessing incredible vision and range of passing. 

Central Midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Early on in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Arsenal career, Arsene Wenger predicted that the young winger would eventually become a central midfielder. That has not happened yet, but he has, in the past, played in that role and turned in impressive performances.

England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during training

He scored against both Palace and Brazil (at the Maracana no less) and helped Arsenal to a 3-0 win at the San Siro against Milan. He would provide pace in midfield, strong running and dribbling, and would offer something different to the team.

Right Wing: Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott is a no-brainer here. He has been involved with the England set-up for a number of years, and is playing great football with Arsenal at the moment.

He boasts explosive pace and incisive movement, and (when he is in the mood) clinical finishing. Like Welbeck on the opposite flank, he will often look to provide the forwards with support and chip in with goals. 

Striker: Chuba Akpom

Heavily involved in England's Under-21 set-up, it is clear that the FA are keen to tie down Chuba Akpom's international allegiances, and prevent him from choosing Nigeria, as Arsenal teammate Alex Iwobi did.

England's Chuba Akpom celebrates during the penalty shoot out

He has yet to make a significant impact on the Arsenal first team, but he is just 20 years old, and has had a wealth of experience out on loan already. 

Striker: Jamie Vardy

This could be a sore one, given that Arsenal missed out on the hotshot this summer. Obviously, Vardy is not an Arsenal player, but as Arsenal's reserves of English talent have been exhausted, who better to round off the XI than a player who very nearly became a Gunner this summer?

Arsene Wenger tried to sign Vardy in the summer, but he chose to stay at Leicester City instead. Another ferociously quick player with an eye for goal, Vardy completes the team up front alongside Akpom.

England's Jamie Vardy


What we are left with is a very offensive-looking team with quite an inexperienced defence, but with bags and bags of pace and attacking talent. It would likely make for action at both ends of the pitch at least, which maybe isn't such a bad thing as far as entertainment value goes. 

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