The World Cup is 13 days away. Everyone's getting their final squads together. Supporters are buying their kits, their face paint, their questionable hats, and their flags. And a number of Arsenal players are in camp with their national team, preparing for the biggest event in soccer. Who would you like to see do really well; who are you excited to watch play in their nation's colors? Below the jump, by country, is a list of Arsenal players in action this summer, listed by country:
Cameroon: Alex Song
Alex Song has some good experience at the international level, having been named in the all-tournament squads in both 2008 and 2010 for Cameroon.
Emmanuel Eboué is a fixture at right-back for the Elephants, with 50 caps. He will play alongside former teammate Kolo Touré.
Nicklas Bendtner has scored 11 in 32 caps for Denmark, including more or less tearing up this year's World Cup qualifiers. Owing partly to his work in starting the late comeback versus Portugal and his work against Sweden, he was named the Danish Footballer of the Year.
Theo Walcott is almost assured of a place on the 23-man roster, but how Fabio Capello will use him remains a little unclear. UPDATE: THEO WALCOTT DID NOT MAKE THE ENGLAND SQUAD, ANNOUNCED JUNE 1, 10 AM, BY THE FA.
Gaël Clichy, Abou Diaby, William Gallas, and Bacary Sagna all should be in the 23-man squad for France this summer. Gallas and Sagna are fixtures in the defense, and Diaby could see significant time as a substitute. Clichy faces stiff competition at left-back from Patrice Evra at the moment.
Carlos Vela has scored 8 in 26 for Mexico. He looks to be a contender to start regularly at striker for them and recently had a decent friendly against England.
Robin van Persie has 42 caps for the Netherlands, and has scored 16 times. His two goals in the warm-up friendly vs. Mexico this week were outstanding.
Cesc Fábregas has 48 caps for Spain, but the prominence of the Xavi/Iniesta pairing at central midfield means that he may not see a lot of time in the World Cup.
Philippe Senderos (still at Arsenal...!) has 38 caps--and five goals--for the Swiss. Johann Djourou would no doubt have featured this year had he not been out with injury, and he is not in the Swiss Provisional squad, sadly.
So...who are you excited to see?