The Gunners will be hoping to keep league momentum with 10 players heading off to the Qatar World Cup starting on November 20th. Let’s take a look at precisely which members of Arteta’s squad will be traveling to Qatar for the winter competition. The following ten players will be representing their respective countries at the Qatar World Cup this winter:
Aaron Ramsdale - England
Aaron has had a stellar season between the sticks as Arsenal’s number one, but will that be enough to see him oust the England regular Jordan Pickford? Only time will tell. For the group stages at a minimum, it seems Ramsdale will have to bide his time and hope to force manager Gareth Southgate into making a change to his first 11.
Matt Turner - USA
Another Arsenal goalkeeper in Matt will be represented at the World Cup for the United States Men’s National Team. Turner, who has not seen any first team football other than the league cup so far this season for Arsenal, has seemingly locked down the starting role in the tournament after the surprise omission of mainstay Zach Steffan. Be on the lookout for his performances in goal for the stars and stripes.
Takehiro Tomiyasu - Japan
Tommy has developed a budding reputation in the premier league as a two-footed stopper who can defend either side of his goal very well. Shutting down the likes of Mohommed Salah and Heung Min-Son so far this season, he will look to build on his form and represent Japan well in a difficult group at Qatar.
William Saliba - France
William has been arguably the premier league’s best centre half this season. However, that still may not be enough to win him a starting spot in one of the world’s deepest squads at the World Cup in France. Regardless, the experience will benefit him and he will look to be ready to grab his chance if Varane, Upamecano or the other French CBs struggle with fitness or form.
Ben White - England
Ben was one of England's surprise additions to the squad, but overall a very sensible selection. White has been in scintillating form for the Gunners this season and despite all of the competition at RB for The Three Lions, his versatility in defensive positions may allow him to see some game time. While Kieran Trippier is likely to start, White will be ready to pounce at his opportunities from the bench.
Granit Xhaka - Switzerland
A mainstay for the Arsenal midfield in the past few years, Xhaka will captain his Switzerland side in Qatar. He is one of their key players and will look to build on his fantastic season form to lead the Swiss out of a tough group alongside Brazil, Serbia and Cameroon.
Gabriel Martinelli - Brazil
Gabby, the 21 y.o. lightning-quick Brazilian has forced Brazil manager Tite into selecting him for the World Cup squad despite having a plethora of options in his position. Martinelli has been flying this season and it’s a wonderful chance for his progression and experience to play for the Samba kings. They are the tournament favorites and Martinelli will be looking to barge his way into the starting 11 with dazzling displays off the bench.
Gabriel Jesus - Brazil
Another Brazilian from the Arsenal ranks is also fighting for his place in the starting 11. Gabriel Jesus will be off to Qatar for his second World Cup representing Brazil, but he will have to oust Tite’s favorite Richarlison in the number 9 role. Regardless, he should get plenty of minutes as Brazil is hopeful for another deep run into the latter stages of the tournament.
Bukayo Saka - England
Bukayo will be wearing the England kit in Qatar as he looks to build on his budding reputation as one of the World’s best wingers. England manager Gareth Southgate seems to have him as a nailed on starter for the Three Lions and Bukayo will hope to continue to impress on the international stage as a breakout star in this World Cup.
Thomas Partey - Ghana
Thomas will hold down the Black Star’s midfield and will don the Ghana kit at the World Cup. One of their central and key players, Partey should play nearly every minute of the group stages and beyond if Ghana can place in their tough group H alongside Portugal and Uruguay. Expect to see Thomas play a big role for his team and put in some good displays on the pitch.
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