We’re on the verge of the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Russia, and doesn’t that just sound great to say out loud? We’ve been waiting for years for another instalment of football’s greatest tournament to take place, and there’s really no argument to be made against the fact that it’s the biggest event in all of sport. So then, as opposed to focusing on the negative side of football which we tend to do far too often, we’re going to run down the nine Arsenal players who will be representing the club this summer.
Not all of these guys are headline names at the Emirates, and many of them aren’t the biggest names in their own country’s squad – but we aren’t here to talk about that. Instead, we want to look at what challenges they’ll face over the next few weeks.
Danny Welbeck will be Arsenal’s sole representative for the England national team, and while he probably won’t start any games, he could be a good option off of the bench.
Joel Campbell, who made a name for himself four years ago in Brazil, will attempt to do the same thing again this time around as one of the biggest names in Costa Rica’s squad.
While Mesut Ozil hasn’t been a world beater for Arsenal as of late, he certainly knows how to get the job done for the national team.
Mohamed Salah is the main force for the Egyptians, but behind him, Mohamed Elneny will be equally as important in an intriguing group.
Much like several other names on this list Alex Iwobi has been inconsistent at best for the Gunners, although his recent goal against England should give The Super Eagles some hope.
David Ospina will likely feature for a Colombia side who could shock some people in Russia.
Being called up to the national team for any country is impressive, but for Nacho Monreal, he should be particularly proud with Spain being one of the favourites to win the tournament.
New boy Stephan Lichtsteiner will give Arsenal fans a glimpse into what they can expect next season, whereas Granit Xhaka has a point to prove.
Which Arsenal player will go the furthest?