Posted on June 22, 2018 by ADMIN

Round up of Arsenal players at the World Cup so far…

Arsenal’s Swiss duo impress, but Ozil reverts to type against Mexico

With a week of the World Cup now completed, it’s fair to say that Arsenal’s representatives at the tournament have endured mixed fortunes to date.

Mohamed Eleny already knows he is heading home after Egypt lost their opening two games, while Alex Iwobi and Joel Campbell were unable to prevent Nigeria and Costa Rica being defeated in their respective opening matches.

Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck are yet to see any game time for Spain and England, but Arsenal’s other quartet of players in Russia all started the country’s first group matches.

Read on as we assess how the foursome fared in those games.

Granit Xhaka & Stephan Lichtsteiner – Switzerland

Xhaka and Lichtsteiner both produced steady performances as Switzerland held Brazil to a surprise 1-1 draw in Group E.

Dubbed as one of the World Cup’s bad boys after being sent off eight times since the last tournament, Xhaka overcame a shaky start to help the Swiss grab an unexpected point against the Samba Kings.

Lichtsteiner got forward well down the right flank with some excellent interplay with Xerdan Shaqiri, opening up plenty of spaces for crosses. However, Marcelo’s defending was a stubborn resistance that Lichsteiner struggled to break down.

Xhaka and Lichtsteiner face Serbia and Costa Rica in their next two games, leaving the duo with a great chance to reach the last 16.

Mesut Ozil – Germany

There was a lot of talk ahead of the tournament that Ozil was a different proposition in a Germany shirt, but there was little evidence of that against Mexico.

Ozil’s languid style creates plenty of controversial opinions amongst pundits and his half-hearted attempt at a “tackle” on Hirving Lozano in the build-up to Mexico’s winning goal was a perfect showcase of his inadequacies.

Germany still have to play Sweden and South Korea in Group F and there is no guarantee that the reigning World Cup champions will progress to the knockout stage.

David Ospina – Colombia

There were less than three minutes on the clock when Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez was shown a straight red card for a deliberate handball inside the penalty area against Japan.

It was the second-fastest sending off in World Cup history – Jose Alberto Batista’s dismissal for Uruguay against Scotland in 1986 after 54 seconds was the quickest – and Shinji Kagawa didn’t miss the chance to put Japan ahead from the spot.

Colombia equalised before the break, but despite Ospina producing a couple of excellent saves in the second half they were eventually beaten 2-1.

However, if they can keep eleven men on the pitch and show the same spirit against Poland and Senegal in their next two games, Colombia can still get out of Group H.

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26 thoughts on “Round up of Arsenal players at the World Cup so far…

    1. gotanidea

      Denis Suarez has learned directly from Iniesta and Messi

      Golovin was good in World Cup, but I would choose Denis Suarez over other acquirable CMs currently

  1. gotanidea

    Welbeck would be needed for set pieces attack in the second halfs, if England failed to score

    Ozil should have worked harder and be more mobile like Modric, Isco, Silva and Iniesta. He should have forced the opponents to make mistakes, not just waiting for perfect pass

    1. RSH

      you can’t ever expect Ozil to take the initiative. He’s not on the level of the players you named.

  2. Gogo

    Arsenal should just sign Mahrez and a final gift to us. All this 50-70million budget is garbage, 60million could give us Mahrez who is premier league tested.
    If we could do this we will surely have a title push. Anyone agree?

    1. gotanidea

      We could get Gareth Bale, Leon Bailey or Malcom for sixty million, instead of Mahrez

      1. Victoria Concordia Crescit

        aren’t you all ashamed calling Mesut Ozil our best player ? someone that turns up whenever he wants. you lots should watch Christian Eriksen. that’s how a modern day premier league number 10 should play . Ozil is so overrated . I know who I would choose between Ozil and these other premier league number 10s ( Eriksen ,silva and even Fabregas )

        1. Ozziegunner

          To be quite honest apart from scoring the goal, Eriksen was underwelming against Australia. He went missing and badly ran out of legs in the second half.
          Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town and Australia has performed extremely well both here and in the EPL, but appears to fly under the radar.

  3. Break-on-through

    Isco please, we have Raul with his contact book and now have a Spanish manager. We should try and go quietly for Isco and bid properly like when we got Ozil. If we are thinking about making steps forward, then filling weak spots is not enough, we need to make strong areas stronger if we can. We are not very strong in midfield but there is slight chance of us getting better (more renowned) than Isco anytime soon. Aubameyang was just such a signing, CM could do with one, as well as CB. I know it’s an uphill battle but maybe he’d like to taste stardom and a new challenge rather than being a very good player among a team full of good to great players.

    Even Liv haven’t been able to pull off the big hitter type signings, we were in a position to do one now and then because of our CL status. Spu can’t do them either. We should keep trying before we become synonymous with EUFA football.

  4. Gogo

    Phil u must understand that Ozil has been our best player on paper, his earnings and history not on the pitch. sell him I say. Ramsey on the other hand is attempting to give us the Sanchez treatment by not signing so y keep him? tell me pls

  5. auba arsenal of lagos

    Give ramsey a new contract but bench him and bring him in as sub’s.simply get better midfielder golovin or Seri

  6. ACE

    It will be interesting to see how Emery addresses
    the Ramsey/Ozil dynamic when the German
    returns to the Emirates following the WC. I
    personally feel the mercurial German, although
    unplayable when in the mood simply wont fit
    the aggressive, pressing style that the Spaniard
    seems destined to employ. Mezut simply cant
    play the role of the passenger anymore and
    with Miki and Ramsey fully capable of shining
    in that spot I could see the German possibly
    being moved on @ a considerable loss. Perhaps
    a loan to a Turkish side would make some
    sense. I personally dont rate Ramsey, but his
    form at the Euros in 16 demonstrated
    that he is capable of delivering quality
    performances in a more advanced, attacking
    role. He doesnt possess the skill set of a B2B midfielder and should NEVER feature in that
    role. If he pulls a Sanchez and demands silly
    money, Id sell him off in a NYM.

    To many(and I respect there opinions) selling off
    both players would be absolute madness but I
    honestly believe that Arsenal could conceivably
    have a better, more balanced midfield if 1 or
    both players were moved on this summer.

  7. Durand

    I’d sell Ramsey, and use money for an upgrade.
    10 yrs at club averaging 3 goals and 4 assists per year. Far better CM’s available; technical ability, discipline, that aren’t asking for crazy money.

    If true he’s asking 200k per week, I say bye-bye, don’t let door hit you on the way out.

  8. pires

    I was called an “idiot” for saying that Xakha played well and Ozil didn’t…..Anyway i dont respond to intellectually limited people.

  9. Someone

    Anyone who says we should sell Ramsey and Ozil have no knowledge of Football whatsoever , so their opinions of Arsenal shouldn’t be taken seriously.

    1. ACE

      And signing an average EPL player to a ridiculous
      long term contract is brilliant business?

      Arsenal already crapped the bed with the Ozil
      contract thiasco, they simply cant afford to
      allow the same madness with Ramsey.

      As Durand has mentioned numerous times there
      are better players available than Ramsey who
      would demand a fraction of the Welshmens
      wages.

      1. Durand

        Ace very well said.
        I’m not anti Ramsey, just don’t feel he’s worth what he’s asking.

        200k per week for Isco is one thing, for Ramsey is madness.

        I at least give reasons for my opinion, rather than mumble nonsense about knowledge, while simultaneously offering nothing in a post.

        Thanks Ace for a sensible comment offering something to digest.

  10. Gogo

    Someone, that was how u encouraged us not to sell Sanchez until he almost left for free, now Ramsey again y not cash in on him if he’s a contract rebel? As for Ozil, he should better start turning up with MOtM performances otherwise I’d sell him and bring in someone with passion for arsenal…

  11. Mobella

    How much is Ozil really collecting on weekly bases. I’m tired of hearing people using that a point of reference each he is the topic of discussion. I for one don’t believe he is on 350k. I have read on the net he is on 350k, 300k, 250k and recently on le grove on 210k. Secondly, i want to know what fans think on Xhaka performance in world cup so far.

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