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Which Arsenal Players are Heading to Russia?

The season may be over, but behind the scenes at the Emirates Stadium, the hierarchy are keeping themselves busy as they prepare for the likely hiring of former midfielder Mikel Arteta.

However, the playing staff has signed off for the summer and for some (sorry Jack Wilshere), it will be a period of rest and recovery on the sands of the Caribbean whilst for others, there is the small matter of the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup to deal with.

As the Gunners squad is packed to the rafters with internationals, we take a look at which Arsenal players will be aiming to light up the world as the action gets underway in Russia.

Danny Welbeck – England

Gareth Southgate opted to take striker Danny Welbeck on the plane to Russia largely because he offers something a little different to Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy up front.

Injury prone Welbeck may be considered something of a risk but his record for England is in no dispute with fifteen goals in thirty-seven games making him somewhat prolific and a useful option whilst making England and outside possibility when looking at betting tips for world cup 2018.

Mohamed Elneny – Egypt

Gunners midfielder Elneny is already something of a senior player in the Egypt camp with 57 caps in the bag.

Elneny had a consistent season for Arsenal last term and has come on leaps and bounds since moving to the club from Swiss outfit Basel.

Egypt may be considered outsiders but with Mo Salah and talented individuals such as Elneny, the Egyptians will be out to upset the odds.

Mesut Ozil – Germany

German Ozil is a marmite player on the Emirates stands, some love him and some hate him but when he can be bothered to turn up, there are few better-attacking midfielders in the world.

With 89 caps to his name, Ozil was never going to be left out of Joachim Löw’s squad for the Russian showpiece event.

Granit Xhaka – Switzerland

Despite having one of the worst disciplinary records in the Premier League, Xhaka remains one of Switzerland’s star players.

The midfielder is also not shy of a goal for his country having found the back of the net nine times in sixty-one appearances for the Schweizer Nati and will be looking to add to that tally in Russia and keep down his yellow card out.

Those Frozen Out

Where will be World Cup glory for some, for others, the pain of being snubbed is all too apparent with a number of the Gunners squad painfully absent from their national teams this summer.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere is the most high-profile case within the Gunners camp and will feel slightly aggrieved after finally proving he has returned back to full fitness but he is not the only one.

German defender Shkodran Mustafi has been frozen out of Low’s German defence after an indifferent season for Arsenal and there is set to be no place in Spain’s team for Nacho Monreal when head coach Julen Lopetegui announces his squad on Monday.

 

 

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