What Arsenal’s starting XI could look like if Wenger decided to make a point and name only British players…
Back in February 2005, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was lambasted for failing to name a single English player in his 16-man squad for a Premier League game against Crystal Palace.
The Gunners won the match 5-1, with the goals coming from a Dutchmen, two Frenchman and a Spaniard.
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Despite Arsenal’s brilliance back then, the ultra-cosmopolitan set-up in North London was a cause for concern in the eyes of many fans of English football.
Fast-forward almost 10 years and much has changed at the Gunners.
Five England internationals – Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs – have represented Arsenal in the league already this term.
Theo Walcott will become Englishman number six when he returns from injury, while Welshman Aaron Ramsey is also a key member of Wenger’s plans these days.
Arsenal now have such a strong core of British stars that they could actually, with everyone fit and available, name a very competitive Premier League team using UK-born players only.
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GK: Ryan Huddart
Senior caps: 0
RB: Carl Jenkinson (currently on loan at West Ham)
Senior caps: 1