Mister Spruce https://misterspruce.co.uk Arsenal FC News and Lifestyle Blog Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:17 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://misterspruce.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/authou-123x120.png Mister Spruce https://misterspruce.co.uk 32 32 The midfield betrayed Arsenal against Tottenham https://misterspruce.co.uk/midfield-betrayed-arsenal-tottenham/ https://misterspruce.co.uk/midfield-betrayed-arsenal-tottenham/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:17 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8876 Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss to bitter rivals, Tottenham last weekend but the scoreline definitely flattered the Gunners. We were especially poor, struggling to match the intensity, pace and power of our opponents. The Gunners are now 8 points behind 4th placed Chelsea, which has all but ended our top 4 hopes. Tottenham waltzed through […]

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Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss to bitter rivals, Tottenham last weekend but the scoreline definitely flattered the Gunners. We were especially poor, struggling to match the intensity, pace and power of our opponents. The Gunners are now 8 points behind 4th placed Chelsea, which has all but ended our top 4 hopes. Tottenham waltzed through the Arsenal team and showed that there is a gradual shift of power in north London, a fact that Arsenal fans wouldn’t have thought possible some 15 years ago.

The pair of Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele played with power and strength that looked straight from the textbook of Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva, midfield generals that epitomised the strength of Arsenal in the early 2000s. The quintet of Mohammed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jack Wilshere were overrun time and time again, and these players must look themselves in the mirror.

The club needed them to stand up when it mattered most but they didn’t and they made the club pay. Despite having a fantastic first start in the colours of Arsenal in the 5-1 thumping of Everton recently, Mkhitaryan was anonymous in the Wembley clash, leading yet another testament to the fact that he keeps going missing in the big games. The Armenian international offered none of the defence-splitting passes he is known to do. He must step it up when it matters most.

Time and time again, he had space and opportunity to lay chances on a plate for his teammate, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but he did nothing of such before being substituted in the second half. For the German playmaker, Mesut Ozil continued his lack of big-game mentality in the clash at Wembley, as he looked out of sorts, demoralised and lacked the willpower to influence the game. He is a big player and showed his commitment to the Arsenal cause by signing a new three-year contract at The Emirates last month, but against Tottenham, he had his shoulders drooped and showed the body language of a player who didn’t think it possible to defeat their opponents time and time again.

Jack Wilshere was the only Arsenal midfielder that showed any of the passion and commitment needed to play in a Derby game, but on footballing terms, he looked a tad ineffective. There were no penetrative passes to stretch the Tottenham defence, no runs from deep to peg the Spurs players back in their own halves. He looked ordinary as he was left to battle the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen without finding much joy.

Elneny, the Egypt international was drafted in by Wenger to add more solidity in the midfield alongside Xhaka, but the pair couldn’t cope with the sheer physicality of the Tottenham midfield. Xhaka has been criticised by some sections of the Arsenal fans, who have berated him for his lackadaisical approach to the game, especially in the wake of Arsenal’s loss to Swansea last month.

While the midfield was not entirely culpable for the defeat, it was the lack of their intensity that allowed Tottenham to completely dominate the game. They betrayed the club.

Post by Pat from Arsenal FC Blog

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Arsenal v Everton: All The Goals https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-v-everton-goals/ Sun, 04 Feb 2018 08:00:28 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8870 Fantastic performance from the boys. Hatrick heroes Rambo, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and debutant, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang totally left me gobsmacked. Enjoy courtesy Soccer Highlights Today.  

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Fantastic performance from the boys. Hatrick heroes Rambo, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and debutant, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang totally left me gobsmacked. Enjoy courtesy Soccer Highlights Today.

 

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How Arsenal Has Made A Big Mistake! https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-made-big-mistake/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:45:59 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8860 No, this is not because we lost miserably to the giant killers – Swansea – yesterday. Okay, maybe a bit. But not exactly. I like our Henrik M. (I’ve not gotten round to learning how to spell his name) piece of business and the PEA (I also, haven’t gotten round to learning how to spell […]

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No, this is not because we lost miserably to the giant killers – Swansea – yesterday.

Okay, maybe a bit. But not exactly.

I like our Henrik M. (I’ve not gotten round to learning how to spell his name) piece of business and the PEA (I also, haven’t gotten round to learning how to spell his name) as well. But, I’m seeing us lose some of the players we ought to keep for paltry sums or no sums at all.

Cue the potential move of O to the G (Olivier Giroud) to our rivals Chelsea for £15m and this unknown youth –  Marcus McGuane – to Barca on a free. Barca rarely makes mistakes on young talent. Messi, Pedro, Tello, Bellerin, Xavi etc. Hopefully, we’ll tie down our young stars in the making like Nketiah, Reiss and Niles before Barca and City come sniffing.

Now, this news about AS Monaco being interested in Olivier Giroud sounds like music to my ears and I’d rather he moved there than over the train lines to the Chavs. And  I’d sell him for less even, just so that he doesn’t go to our rivals. This is not Abou Diaby we’re selling guys! It’s bloody, steaming Giroud! Scorpion King! GQ model! Our best header goal scorer! How can we even want this French Adonis to connect Eden Hazard’s and Willian’s crosses! Why???!!!

I just needed to rant this morning, so, here I am, up from my writing slumber, ranting.

Have a good day guys.

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    Arsenal’s Potential Front Line Is A Threat To Any Defence In World Football https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenals-potential-front-line-threat-defence-world-football/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:30:11 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8856 Guest Post by Mark Weasley from Retro Football News The atmosphere at Arsenal in recent days is one tinged with hope and a feeling of what could have been. The Gunners have lost their best player, Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, but his exit from North London could be a blessing in disguise. The 29 […]

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    Guest Post by Mark Weasley from Retro Football News

    The atmosphere at Arsenal in recent days is one tinged with hope and a feeling of what could have been. The Gunners have lost their best player, Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, but his exit from North London could be a blessing in disguise. The 29 year old has been the subject of discussion from an Arsenal standpoint throughout the last year as he failed to sign a new contract, but his exit could help the club forge ahead to a new era.

    We have gotten Armenian international, Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the Sanchez deal, with the attacking midfielder looking to rebuild his reputation following a difficult period in Manchester. With Ozil looking to sign a new contact and the potential arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will catapult the Gunners into a  truly attacking force that can hurt any team in world football. The creativity and doggedness of Sanchez will be replaced by the collectiveness of the group that could help the Gunners challenge for the major trophies.

    Too many times last season, Sanchez almost single-handedly carried the team as his goals and assists were not matched by his teammates, which in turn saw the 13-time FA Cup champions fail to make the top 4 for the first time under manager, Arsene Wenger.

    Aubameyang is expected to join Arsenal, though there are still question marks about the agreement between his club, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal.

    Both clubs are still apart in their valuation of the player though it is expected that the deal would go through as Dortmund want him to leave the club given some disciplinary worries. The player is one of the best strikers in world football, and would help offset the loss of Sanchez as he brings pace and finishing to the table. French striker, Alexandre Lacazette has not been consistent with his performances but the potential arrival of Aubameyang will whip the Frenchman into a new level of focus and performances.

    A frontline of Aubameyang, Ozil, Mkhitaryan and Lacazette is truly a quartet of players brimming with quality on all fronts, though Wenger might have to change his formation to accommodate all four. A 4-4-2 will be brilliant as Ozil and Mkhitaryan can play on the flanks with the freedom to roam into the middle while Lacazette and Aubameyang threaten defences with their pace, movement, positioning and finishing. While the attack may be world class, a combative central midfielder in the mould of an N’Golo Kante will be needed to add steel to the middle of the park, giving the attacking players to do damage further up the pitch.

    Arsenal are currently looking out of the race for the Champions League and already out of the FA Cup following a disastrous loss to Nottingham Forest, but they can take solace in the fact that they can still play the Europa League and potentially win it. On their day, Arsenal are poetry in motion that can stand toe-to-toe with any team, but we have suffered from not having the right blend of players.

    This quartet could be the start of something special. Oh, how long we have waited to see this day.

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    Arsenal v Crystal Palace: All The Goals https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-v-crystal-palace-goals/ Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:15:06 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8854 Well! I haven’t watched a match in ages because my heart couldn’t take it and my day job is well, turning into a luxury cotton plantation. Monreal was like a new signing, while Iwobi, Kos and Lacazette found the back of the net today. Watch all the goal highlights courtesy soccerhighlightstoday.com   Enjoy.

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    Well!

    I haven’t watched a match in ages because my heart couldn’t take it and my day job is well, turning into a luxury cotton plantation.

    Monreal was like a new signing, while Iwobi, Kos and Lacazette found the back of the net today. Watch all the goal highlights courtesy soccerhighlightstoday.com

     

    Enjoy.

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    Mahrez and Arsenal Seem a Match Made in Heaven https://misterspruce.co.uk/mahrez-arsenal-seem-match-made-heaven/ Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:50:19 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8848 January is upon us and that inevitably means that each Premier League club will be linked with dozens of players, regardless if they are needed now. The majority of the tabloid headlines will be shown to be false, but every now and again a big signing will turn around a club’s fortunes. Most Gunners will […]

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    January is upon us and that inevitably means that each Premier League club will be linked with dozens of players, regardless if they are needed now. The majority of the tabloid headlines will be shown to be false, but every now and again a big signing will turn around a club’s fortunes.

    Most Gunners will be (painfully) aware that Arsène Wenger rarely makes a big statement in the January transfer window – Cohen Bramall and Mohamed Elneny are the only signees to have arrived at the Emirates in the last two years. Arsenal are nowhere to be found in the list of top 20 January transfers in history, whereas Liverpool, Manchester United, City and Chelsea feature prominently.

     

    This Window Could be Wenger’s Most Important Yet

    However, this January could – and should – be a different story for Arsenal. The era of guaranteed Champions League football is now over.  Four places for six teams and, at the moment, Arsenal are looking more likely to be the sixth team. A Europa League Final win would see Arsenal back in the Champions League, but the knockout stages are uncommonly strong this year with Napoli, Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund all expected to go deep.

    A big signing in the next few weeks would give a lift to the club and its fans. And, nobody would fit the bill better than Riyad Mahrez.  The Leicester man is bang back on form this season, having had a down year after his title-winning season in 2015/16. Checking the odds and betting chatter on the Arsenal team page at freebets.co.uk, you will see that the Gunners are 7/4 (Bet 365) to finish in the Top 4. Having Mahrez in theArsenal fold would significantly lower those odds.

    The Algerian is exactly the kind of player Wenger and Gunners fans adore. Full of guile and cleverness, he has made his name feeding smart passes to suit the blistering pace of Jamie Vardy. While Alexandre Lacazette and Oliver Giroud are different players to Vardy, their movement is nonetheless excellent. Mahrez would be the perfect foil to either one. Moreover, with all due respect to Leicester, Mahrez seems like a player who would improve with better players around him. His interlinking play with Mesut Ozil and, if we keep him till the summer – Alexis Sanchez could rip open any defence.

     

    Mahrez Could be Catalyst for Sanchez and Ozil to Stay

    All of this transfer buzz is centered around the fact that Ozil and Sanchez have yet to sign new contracts. So, it is possible that Mahrez becomes part of Wenger’s rebuilding plans rather than the final piece in the puzzle. There is, of course, still a chance that one or both of Ozil and Sanchez could stay at the club. If that transpires, a fluid three of Sanchez, Ozil and Mahrez playing behind Lacazette could be one of the most potent attacks in the Premier League.

    Mr Wenger often holds his cards close to his chest, so nobody truly knows what he will do over the next few weeks. But if he can convince the brilliant Mahrez to come to North London and, perhaps, convince Ozil and Sanchez that more signings will follow, then the good times could be back at the Emirates once more.

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    Arsenal v Spurs: All The Highlights https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-v-spurs-highlights/ Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:52:38 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8843 The post Arsenal v Spurs: All The Highlights appeared first on Mister Spruce.

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    How To Dress To A Football Game https://misterspruce.co.uk/dress-football-game/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:38:07 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8837 There was some excitement among Arsenal fans after Alexis Sanchez failed to secure the deadline day move to Manchester City, however, January is approaching and it’s a time looked upon with much trepidation. The Ox’s move to Liverpool and his annoying comments irrespective, Alexis’ move is one move that won’t go down too well. Moving […]

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    There was some excitement among Arsenal fans after Alexis Sanchez failed to secure the deadline day move to Manchester City, however, January is approaching and it’s a time looked upon with much trepidation. The Ox’s move to Liverpool and his annoying comments irrespective, Alexis’ move is one move that won’t go down too well.

    Moving on…

    With the Premier league heating up and the World Cup still underway, no one wants to miss the most important football matches. There is nothing more fun than experiencing live football games. However, the only thing worse than your team losing at a live football game is having to deal with drug regulatory consultants at the chemist when all you’re trying to buy is lozenges. Here are some of the tips on how to dress for a football match as per the seasons:

    Autumn

    With the chilly mornings and dark nights, dressing up practically can be a little tricky. However, you can never go wrong with a pair of dark jeans. Black jeans always offer maximum versatility. For this season, layering is essential. You can pair up the jeans with an oversized shirt, long sleeve sweater, and a borg collar jacket or tracker to kick-start the layering. You can never go wrong with this kind of pairing.

    Winter

    In as much as men love light-weight trainers and plimsolls, they can’t keep them covered and warm during winter. Winter is the time to invest in some substantial footwear or lace-up boots to finish off the perfect football outfit.
    Wear smart joggers instead of jeans. If it happens to rain at the match and you’re wearing jeans, you’ll get soaked, and that won’t be fun. However, smart joggers ensure insulation and comfort and at the same time gives you a chilled out edge. However, if you still prefer jeans, opt for slim-fit jeans.

    With winter, cover-ups are a must. This is where the parka coat always works to your style convenience. You can use an oversized padded jacket, a classic parka, or a waterproof option. The aim is to stay warm throughout the match.

    Spring

    This is the best time to watch football. However, spring weather can get you confused about how to dress up for a match. You can choose a Harrington jacket and layer it up with your Arsenal jersey t-shirt and a pair of jeans. Spring is also the perfect time to wear your lightweight trainers.

    Summer

    Summer is the perfect time to crack out the shorts and take a break from the jeans. If you want to keep it off duty as well, casual sports shorts are the best option. If you ‘re going to make more effort on the pitch sidelines, then you can add tailored styles in your utility shades.

    If you want breathable options for the top, you can wear cotton t-shirts or a light colored arsenal jersey. If you prefer to leave your thin-layered jacket back at home, they make your to bring your baseball cap to protect you from the sun so that you can keep your head in the game. Plimsolls are the best footwear options for summer because they are breathable. Primarily any loose and light clothing will work for summer.

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    Kolasinac, Arsenal, Swansea and all the HIghlights https://misterspruce.co.uk/kolasinac-arsenal-swansea-highlights/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:44:06 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8828   It didn’t start well. With Sanchez missing a shot and Koscielny missing a header, the frustration was evident on the lads as they played a Swansea team that was difficult to breakdown. And with our former goalie aka Lucas Fabianski between the sticks for them, they stood solid in defence. Then a slip, then […]

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    It didn’t start well. With Sanchez missing a shot and Koscielny missing a header, the frustration was evident on the lads as they played a Swansea team that was difficult to breakdown. And with our former goalie aka Lucas Fabianski between the sticks for them, they stood solid in defence.

    Then a slip, then a goal.

    Laurent Koscielny slipped in the third half of the field and for once Bellerin couldn’t or wouldn’t catch Tammy Abraham, the ball or the dude who passed the ball through Cech’s legs to score a goal. Despite sites like online-betting.org predicting Arsenal to own the game against Swansea, we went into the tunnel at half time a goal down.

    Truth? I stopped watching and went back to the drudgery that’s my current day job.

    Sometime in the second half, Lacazette’s foot refused to curl round the ball and so he passed it back into Swansea’s final third where the Tractor, Kolasinac latched on to it with a shot reminiscent of one of Lucas Podolski’s.

    Goal!

    We were level with the Swans.

    Not long after, again Kolasinac provided the assist to Aaron Ramsey to score the second of the game.

    Arsene Wenger had lost three times to Swansea in only six Premier League fixtures previously at the Emirates and relief was his over-riding emotion at the end of his 800th game as Arsenal manager.

    “I could feel worried at half-time,” he said. “It was important to play quicker, sharper and with more penetration. Kolasinac was decisive and, since he has arrived, he has convinced everybody that there are still some good deals to make.”

    Kolasinac was of course a free signing last summer from Schalke, although the one lingering worry for Arsenal from this game was the sight of him limping off with pain around his hip. Wenger later said that it was a longstanding problem which he expects to be resolved ahead of facing Manchester City at The Etihad next Sunday. – Telegraph

    Kolasinac has been our best free transfer so far and the niggle in his hip is a bit of a worry seeing that we face Manchester City who are on an unbeaten run. We need all our best men available.

    Should we play Sanchez against Manchester City so that he might overplay with the intention to impress? And will he play with even more fervour and make City got out of their way to offer him the pound of flesh of a salary he’s asking for.

    I don’t mind if we draw against City but I do mind if we lose. We need our best men.

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    Arsenal Players Gunning for World Cup Glory https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-players-gunning-world-cup-glory/ Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:00:41 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8825 The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just eight months away and many international teams have already booked their place at the prestigious event to be held in Russia. For fans of club football, the tournament offers them a chance to see their star players in action on the greatest stage of all. And of course, […]

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    The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just eight months away and many international teams have already booked their place at the prestigious event to be held in Russia.

    For fans of club football, the tournament offers them a chance to see their star players in action on the greatest stage of all. And of course, they can also cheer on their own nation – providing they have qualified, of course. But which current Arsenal players will be turning out for their countries next summer?

    And which will be left at home watching from the comfort of their armchairs?

    France are one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Moscow next year. In October, they qualified for their sixth straight World Cup, securing top place in Group A with a 2-1 win over Belarus. Of course, that game would have been of great interest to Arsenal fans with forward players Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette both regulars in the national lineup.

    On this occasion, it was Giroud who grabbed the headlines, scoring the crucial second goal to take his overall tally for France to 28. Only six players have scored more goals for Les Bleus in the history of the game. Substitute Alexandre Lacazette did not make it onto the field of play but will have been delighted to see his side wrap up their qualifying campaign with relative ease, although they were far from at their best on the night.

    Gunners’ goalkeeper David Ospina also secured a ticket to next year’s showpiece event after he and his Colombia teammates earned the point they needed to progress away to Peru. The visitors took the lead thanks to a second-half strike from James Rodriguez but were pegged back when Ospina was beaten by a 76th-minute Paolo Guerrero free-kick. In the end, Los Cafeteros hung on for the point to secure qualification, while Peru must now overcome New Zealand in the playoffs if they are to join their fellow South Americans in Russia. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Colombia reached the quarterfinals for the very first time and will now be featuring in their sixth World Cup finals event overall.

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    Arsenal regular Nacho Monreal played the full 90 minutes as already-qualified Spain concluded their Group G campaign with a 1-0 win in Israel. It was the full-back’s fourth appearance for the national team in the calendar year and based on current form, he could feature prominently in the finals next summer. Spain dominated a group that also contained 2006 winners Italy, who must now face a tricky playoff against Sweden. Julen Lopetegui’s men scored 36 goals, while conceding just three, with their only dropped points coming in a 1-1 draw away to the Italians. The 2010 winners are currently third-favourites to lift the crown behind Germany and Spain.

    Granit Xhaka will have to wait a bit longer to see if he and his Swiss teammates will travel to Russia, after they failed to get the point they needed in their last game against Portugal. In what was always going to be a tough fixture, Switzerland fell 2-0 to Cristiano Ronaldo and co. in the final game of Group B. While the Euro 2016 champions qualified for the main event, Switzerland will now have to play a two-legged qualifying game against Northern Ireland to determine their World Cup fate.

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    Midfielder Mohamed Elneny featured once again as Egypt secured World Cup qualification for the first time since 1990 with a 2-1 win over Congo. It took a last-gasp penalty from Liverpool’s Mo Salah to confirm their status as group winners with a game to spare. Hector Cuper’s side knew exactly what they had to do following Uganda’s draw with Ghana the day before and when Salah scored his first just after the hour, they looked to be on course for qualification. However, with just two minutes of normal time remaining Arnold Bouka, Moutou bagged his first international goal to put Egypt’s celebrations on hold. With the game seemingly heading for a draw, a defensive error handed the Pharaohs a crucial lifeline, and Salah showed immense composure to step up and send Congo keeper Mouko the wrong way from the penalty spot. Egypt will now join fellow African nation Nigeria in the draw for next year’s football extravaganza. Elneny has already made 38 appearances for the national team and has five goals to his name.

    England topped their group with ease thanks to a record of eight wins and two draws from 10 matches – an outcome that could offer World Cup opportunities for a couple of Arsenal players. Theo Walcott made a couple of appearances in the qualifying campaign but appears to have fallen out of favour at club and country level. A switch of formation at the Emirates has limited his opportunities and that has had a knock-on effect at International level with Three Lions’ boss Gareth Southgate overlooking the 28-year-old.

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    One Arsenal player that some are tipping to make the England squad next summer is Jack Wilshere. The 25-year-old’s performance in Arsenal’s recent Europa League tie against Crvena Zvezda prompted many Oddschecker punters to back him to make the squad for Russia. Of course, he may need to force his way back into the First XI at the Emirates first but the potential January departure of Mesut Ozil may help his cause. Wilshere has struggled with injuries throughout his career but turned out 27 times while on loan at AFC Bournemouth last season, marking his busiest campaign since 2011. He began this season playing for the U-23s but has since broken back into the first team and made his 2017 Premier League bow in the 5-2 demolition of Everton

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    Whether he will still be an Arsenal player by then remains to be seen, but Mesut Ozil should certainly play a part in Russia as Germany look to defend their world title. Die Mannschaft won all 10 of their qualifying games, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four. The Gelsenkirchen-born midfielder was left out of the squad for the final two qualifying matches after picking up a knee injury but should be one of the first names on the squad list should he remain fit.

    Unfortunately, Sead Kolasinac will not be on a plane to Russia as Bosnia-Herzegovina failed to reach the playoffs despite a 2-1 win in Estonia on the final match day. With Greece cruising to a predictable win over Gibraltar, the victory proved to be too little too late for Kolasinac and his teammates.

    Wales also failed to qualify, leaving Aaron Ramsey and his teammates frustrated. The midfielder started seven matches during the qualifying campaign including the 0-1 home defeat to Ireland that ultimately sealed their fate. Much was expected of the Welsh side following their strong performance at Euro 2016 but it was not to be for Chris Coleman’s men this time round.

    Another Gunner who will not be making an appearance at FIFA’s premier tournament is Alexis Sanchez. His Chile side slumped to a 3-0 defeat in Brazil, and with other results not going their way, they were left outside of the crucial top five qualifying places in the South American standings.

    Alexis joins the ranks of other star players who will not be taking to the world stage including Jan Oblak, Naby Keita, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gareth Bale.

    With so many Gunners’ players making the grade, next summer’s tournament should provide plenty of interest for fans of the North London club. Whether any of them can go on to lift the ultimate prize just as Mesut Ozil did in 2014 remains to be seen. Of course, the situation could change again in January should any World Cup candidates arrive or leave the club during the transfer window.

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