Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Theo Walcott make World Cup qualifying news

Unfortunately, only one of the three British Arsenal players who joined up with their national teams had a perfect day in World Cup qualifiers on Friday, March 22. Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain had an excellent match and scored his second goal for his country in England’s 8-0 thrashing in San Marino. His teammate Theo Walcott was ruled out of the game and the upcoming match in Montenegro on March 26 due to injury and Aaron Ramsey scored a penalty before being sent off with a red card for Wales against Scotland. Ramsey’s side did well though as two quick goals saw the Welsh beat Scotland 2-1 at Hampden Park.
Walcott missed the game as he injured his groin while training for England the day before the San Marino match. Arsenal’s website said he’ll be flying back to London today (March 23) and the club’s medical staff will be taking care of him. England will certainly miss him against Montenegro, but if Oxlade-Chamberlain can reproduce the same kind of game he had against San Marino, then manager Roy Hodgson won’t be too concerned.
It’s believed that the 24-year-old Walcott could be on the sidelines for up to 10 days and he could miss the Gunners Premier League contest against relegation-zone Reading on March 30 at the Emirates Stadium. If Walcott was healthy, it’s likely that he would have started the match in san Marino and Oxlade-Chamberlain would have found himself on the bench. However, the 19-year-old took full advantage of his chance and scored a wonderful left-footed goal in the 29th minute following a nifty give and go passing play between himself and Man United striker Wayne Rooney.
Although San Marino didn’t offer much in the way of resistance and their attack was non-existent, Oxlade-Chamberlain should have gained quite a bit of confidence after his display. Hopefully Hodgson will give him the chance to build on it and start him again in Montenegro. The youngster has struggled at times with Arsenal this season, so this could be a step in the right direction for him between now and the end of the season.
The winger directly ran at San Marino players all night long and this is what he also needs to do in the Premier League. He displayed speed, creativity, dribbling skills, and intelligence in the match and all of these traits were on display during his goal. He’s going to find the games a bit tougher when he plays against better teams, but confidence can do wonders for a football player and this is what Oxlade-Chamberlain needs now as he’s certainly got the skills required to be successful.
He also set up a goal for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe six minutes later when he headed the ball over to him for a tap in and was involved in the play which led to Defoe’s second goal of the match in the 77th minute. In addition to that, he also had a shot hit the crossbar earlier in the match. But while Oxlade-Chamberlain was having an impressive match in San Marino, Ramsey ran into some bad luck playing for Wales up in snowy Scotland. Ramsey received a yellow card in first-half stoppage time and then scored a penalty in the 72nd minute to level the score at 1-1.

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