How has your mid season Arsenal lull been going? The Arsenal kick start the final stretch of their season this Sunday versus Stoke City for a vital three points at the Emirates Stadium. Let’s take a look back at the weekend that was and how our favorite Gunners played in what will be their last national team camps pre World Cup. We’ll also determine where each Gunner falls on making that 23 man team for their respective country.
Laurent Koscielny missed out on the France’s first match versus Colombia which resulted in a 3-2 loss. He was then inserted into the starting lineup and played the full 90 for France in a 3-1 victory against World Cup host Russia.
WC chance - lock to make it, barring his achilles snapping.
Mesut Ozil played the full 90 against Spain, click below to see him destroy Iniesta in one move. Mister Ozil missed out on DFB’s second match versus Brazil.
WC chance - Lock - one of the first names on the team sheet for the defending champions.
The Egyptian played in both of his country’s defeats to Portugal and Greece, respectively. Somehow in the midst of all this, Elneny penned a new long term deal at Arsenal.
WC chance - Lock
Granit Xhaka captained Switzerland during the break, collecting a secondary assist in a one nil victory versus Greece and slotting home a penalty versus Panama in a 6-0 win.
Xhaka has captained Switzerland to a 4-0 lead over Panama at half-time. He scored the second with this penalty: pic.twitter.com/XVgR4sjxp5— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) March 27, 2018
WC chance - Lock - captain and first name on the teamsheet
Alex Iwobi featured for 60 minutes against Poland in Nigeria’s 1-0 win. I really just wanted a reason to post this Nigeria kit, its awesome and I want one.
WC chance - near lock - he scored the goal to send them to Russia, he’s 95% of the way there.
David Ospina gave former Gunner Olivier Giroud a gift of a goal on his error against Les Bleus, luckily he was bailed out by teammates in a 3-2 victory over France.
WC chance - Lock - but I’m sure Colombia’s #2 keeper will be more than pleased to challenge for his starting spot.
Danny Welbeck earned a cap for England against the Netherlands where England came out on top 1-0. He did not get on the field for the Three Lions versus Italy. I inserted a photo because I know you don’t believe me that Danny got in for England, see below.
WC chance - outside looking in - Welbz can only hope Harry Kane takes longer to recover than expected, making the need for forwards even more vital for Southgate’s selection.
Jack Wilshere made the trip to St. George’s for camp, but he was ruled out for the match as a precaution of injury versus the Netherlands and didn’t feature versus Italy.
WC chance - long shot - This was Wilsh’s last chance to push himself into Southgate’s plans. He could still get the call for the 30 man roster, but something drastic will have to happen for him to get on the plane.