FIFA World Cup 2018: Arsenal players on the plane Russia

With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, the fans are brimming with immense joy and excitement. Some people just need another reason to search something about the FIFA World Cup. We tend to connect the things that we love; one way is to look for players who represent our clubs in the World Cup and add another few countries to the list of teams to support in the upcoming FIFA World Cup. This article will look at one club, Arsenal FC and the 9 players who are off to Russia.

Here are the players from Arsenal FC who will be playing in the FIFA World Cup 2018

COLOMBIA: David Ospina 

David Ospina is set to retain his position as the starting goalkeeper for Colombia despite his diminished playtime at Arsenal. Having helped his country reach the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil, he has been named in the final 23-man squad. Jose Pekerman’s side will face Japan, Poland, and Senegal in Group H. Colombia is poised to finish on the top of the group. While they are bound to be tested defensively by Lewandowski’s Poland, they are the strongest team in the group.

SPAIN: Nacho Monreal 

Nacho Monreal has been named in Spain’s 23-man confirmed squad for the tournament in Russia, where they are in Group B and will face Portugal, Morocco, and Iran. The 32-year old is unlikely to play in this FIFA World Cup as he likely stands as a second/third choice left-back, Monreal will likely be looking on from the sidelines for the entirety of the tournament, barring an injury or suspension to starter Jordi Alba. Even though he had a terrific season for Arsenal, it is clearly not enough to guarantee him a start.

SWITZERLAND: Stephan Lichsteiner & Granit Xhaka

The latest addition in the Gunners squad, Lichsteiner is closing in on a century of caps for Switzerland, appearing at two European Championships and two World Cups. Switzerland will be fighting for second place in Group E. Costa Rica and Serbia will likely match them in quality, while all three will struggle against Brazil. With good performances, Switzerland could make the knockout stage, but they lack the squad quality to progress much further into the tournament. He is one of the key players in the squad and will start alongside his new teammate Granit Xhaka.

Granit Xhaka has been included in Switzerland’s 23-man confirmed squad, where they will face Brazil, Costa Rica, and Serbia in Group E. The 25-year old holds the no.10 shirt and will take up the role of an attack-minded playmaker in the Switzerland team as opposed to his deep-lying playmaker role at Arsenal. This lack of defensive responsibility allows the midfielder the freedom to flourish.

EGYPT: Mohamed Elneny 

Mohamed Elneny has been included in Egypt’s confirmed squad for their first FIFA World Cup in 28 years. Hector Cuper’s side will face Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Uruguay in Group A. Egypt should be battling with Russia for Second place in the group, behind Uruguay. They will expect to beat Saudi Arabia, with the match against Russia as a potential tie-breaker for the group. Elneny occupies the same role as he does at Arsenal, a possession-minded defensive midfielder who maintains the flow of the midfield game. Even though Elneny has not established himself in his club colors, it is a different story for his country altogether, as he is one of the most important players in the Egyptian squad.

GERMANY: Mesut Özil

Mesut Özil has been named in Germany’s confirmed squad and has a good record at major tournaments, scoring in World Cup and European Championship knockout rounds against Algeria and Italy respectively. Joachim Low’s reigning champions will face Mexico, South Korea, and Sweden in Group F. Özil is one of the mainstays in an immensely powerful German side who are the favorites to lift the cup, again.

NIGERIA: Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi has been included in Nigeria’s confirmed squad, hoping to follow in his uncle Jay-Jay Okocha’s footsteps by representing his country at a World Cup. The Super Eagles are in Group D and will face Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland and they will struggle to qualify. With matches against Argentina, Croatia, and the ever-plucky Iceland. Iwobi operates as a playmaking attacking midfielder for Nigeria, primarily deployed in the center of the pitch behind the striker. Nigeria plays to Iwobi’s strengths on the ball with significant success. Despite turbulent form with Arsenal this season, Iwobi’s performances in International matches are usually consistent and he displays signs of his potential.

ENGLAND: Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck has been named in England’s confirmed 23-man squad for this summer’s tournament. Gareth Southgate’s side is in Group G and will face Belgium, Panama, and Tunisia. England faces a relatively easy group in which the primary competition in Belgium. Theoretically, they should blow Tunisia and Panama away and be in competition for the top of the group but it is England we’re talking about. Welbeck is set to be a substitute for both the wing and striker for England. With Kane and Vardy ahead of him in the pecking order for the striking role, Welbeck will probably feature as a late-game substitute on the flank.

COSTA RICA: Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell has been included in Costa Rica’s confirmed 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup. The 25-year-old scored and assisted against Uruguay in Fortaleza four years ago and will face Brazil, Serbia, and Switzerland this time around. Costa Rica has a very low chance of reaching the knockouts as they will compete with Serbia and Switzerland, who are both the stronger teams on paper.

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