Arsenal’s presence at Euros dwindles because of injuries and poor form

Arsenal's Presence At Euros Dwindles Because Of Injuries And Poor Form The ESPN FC crew discuss England’s roster for Euro 2016, and the surprise inclusion of Jack Wilshere.

Four years ago, no club had more players at the European Championship than Arsenal, as the Gunners equalled Bayern Munich’s achievement of sending 12 men to Ukraine and Poland. How times have changed. Due to a combination of injuries and poor form, the Arsenal contingent at the Euros in France this summer looks set to be half that size — despite the tournament having grown by eight teams. It’s a development that could have a double-edged effect on the team next season.

On one hand, some of Arsene Wenger’s regular starters — such as Hector Bellerin (who made Spain’s training squad, but not the full one), Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin — should be well rested after being overlooked by their national team managers. But the likes of Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs may start wondering whether their international careers would be better served by getting more playing time elsewhere. Furthermore, the fact that Jack Wilshere is the only Gunner in the England squad continues a worrying trend of under-representation for Arsenal despite the club’s efforts to build around a strong English core. Aside from Wilshere, the other Arsenal players set to play at the Euros are: Petr Cech (Czech Republic), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny (both France), and on-loan goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (Poland).

That’s not counting the Czech Republic’s Tomas Rosicky, as he is out of contract. Santi Cazorla was among a long list of absentees for Spain after recently returning from a long layoff and German World Cup winner Per Mertesacker has retired from internationals; Bellerin (Spain) and Coquelin (France) have never played for their senior national teams, while Monreal has yet to earn a regular spot with Spain despite a great season at left-back with Arsenal. Injuries may have ruled out Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for England, but Walcott and Gibbs were spurned by Roy Hodgson after failing to lock down a regular starting job in Wenger’s side.

Of course, if any of the England players were to get injured during the three warm-up friendlies, Walcott and Gibbs are likely to be high on Hodgson’s list of replacements. But Arsenal have still fallen way behind the other top Premier League clubs when it comes to producing England internationals lately.

Arsenal's Presence At Euros Dwindles Because Of Injuries And Poor Form The FC panel look at the preliminary roster for England’s Euro squad and their thoughts on who should make the final cut.

The last time Arsenal had more than two players in the England squad at a major championship was the three-strong contingent at the 2006 World Cup — Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole and the 17-year-old Walcott, who never came off the bench. There were no Gunners in the 2010 Three Lions squad, two in 2012 (Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain), and two in 2014 (Jack Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was injured and never played.)

With one player in this summer’s squad, that’s a total of five in the last four major tournaments for Arsenal. During that same span, Liverpool have provided 19 (three in 2010, six in 2012, five in 2014 and five in 2016. Tottenham’s total is 12, despite not having a single England player at the World Cup in Brazil.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all had a bigger England representation as well, despite their heavier spending on foreign stars. While injuries have certainly curtailed those numbers for Arsenal, it still raises questions about just how strong their English core really is. As for Bellerin (named the best right-back in the Premier League) and Monreal, their exclusion probably says more about Spain’s depth than their own quality. There is one consolation for those players staying at home next month: they get to go on the team’s preseason tour to the United States, when many who played at the Euros will likely still be on holiday. But perhaps that’s a bigger positive for Wenger than for them.

Mattias is ESPN FC’s Arsenal correspondent.

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Thomas Cook apologises to holidaymakers who arrived at their hotel in the Canary Islands and were told they didn’t have a room

  • Despite making a reservation, Alan and Gail Lindley did not have a room
  • The couple was expecting to stay in Puerto del Carmen, in Lanzarote
  • But they were moved 15 miles away to a different hotel at Playa Blanca
  • That meant they were separated from friends during their holiday



Thomas Cook has apologised to a British couple who was sent to a Canary Islands hotel that isn’t protected by Abta bonding and found out at the last minute they didn’t have a room. The unexpected change in venue meant Alan and Gail Lindley, from Washington, Sunderland, had to scramble to find a place to stay and were separated from their friends during their holiday. They were left outraged after they arrived at the Flora apartments at Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, and were told it was full even though they made a reservation through the tour operator.

Alan and Gail Lindley arrived at their hotel in Lanzarote, only to find out that they didn’t have a room

The Lindleys were forced to make emergency arrangements overnight and were then moved to a hotel 15 miles away in a different resort, separating them from their friends. Alan, 55, said: On arrival at our apartments we went straight to reception to book in only to be told there was no room by a very unhelpful receptionist and we would have to find accommodation elsewhere.

It was now 9pm at night and we had nowhere to stop.

We found out from a helpline number provided by Thomas Cook that there were no rooms at all in the entire resort of Puerto Del Carmen but, on our way to the seafront where we were meeting friends, we passed a hotel and I went in on the off-chance and managed to get a room for one night only.

The next morning Thomas Cook told us the only accommodation for the rest of the Discount Holidays © holiday was in Playa Blanca some 15 to 20 miles away. We reluctantly did what was asked and headed to our new hotel.

The Lindleys said the switch put them in an unfamiliar resort that was nowhere near decent restaurants and they had to spend time making special arrangements for a transfer to the airport at the end of the holiday. The Lindleys were moved 15 miles away to a hotel in Playa Blanca and were separated from their friends

Thoms Cook said it was sorry the Flora Apartments hotel was unable to honour Alan’s reservation, which was booked through its dynamic package brand, Flexible Trips, which allows customers to customise their bookings. A spokesperson for the firm said: We would like to reassure him, and indeed all our customers, that we are liaising with the hotelier to understand why this occurred and ensure this does not happen again.

We appreciate that the location of the alternative accommodation did not meet Mr Lindley’s expectations but this was the only suitable hotel available at the time.

Bookable online and in store Flexible Trips holidays are designed to use partner packaging and transport providers to offer customers a wide range of Discount Holidays © holiday options including hotel-only. Thomas Cook confirmed the hotel-only offering Alan and Gail had booked was not Abta bonded. A spokesman said this was mentioned in the terms and conditions and the couple would have been made aware of this at the time of booking.

These terms state that Med Hotels, the corporation which the Flora apartments are associated with, are not subject to UK Package Travel Regulations. Thomas Cook said the Flora apartments did not tell Med Hotels that they could no longer fulfil Alan’s booking until the day before he was due to arrive. A spokesperson for Thomas Cook UK added: We would like to apologise to Mr Lindley for any inconvenience.

‘Our customer services team are speaking directly to Mr Lindley with a view to swiftly resolving this matter to his satisfaction.

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