The FIFA World Cup is a magnet for the best football players in the world – and that obviously means there will be more than a few representatives from Arsenal and Manchester United.
The World Cup betting markets have already been busy and pundits have been predicting who will win the most prestigious international tournament in football. But will any of the Arsenal or Manchester United players get their hands on the famous World Cup trophy? Here’s our guide to who to look out for from these two famous old clubs.
Big Names to Look Out For
Brazil are nearly always one of the favourites to win the World Cup every time it comes around and it is no surprise that there will be a few players from Arsenal and United in the squad. Casemiro is as important in front of the Selecao defence as he is for the Red Devils and should be joined by teammate Antony in the squad.
Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus should also be pushing for a place, given the kind of season he has enjoyed so far at the Emirates. It just depends on whether he can dislodge the other very good players the Selecao have at their disposal.
The two Portuguese wizards at Old Trafford will also be appearing in Qatar. All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo, and to a slightly lesser extent, Bruno Fernandes – even though Portugal so very nearly missed out altogether after being forced to qualify through the playoffs.
England should have Bukayo Saka in its starting line-up. The tricky winger hit an all-time international low after missing a penalty in the Euros shoot-out against Italy last year. But he has come back even stronger and really has the fans behind him now. His Gunners teammate Thomas Partey will also be in Qatar, hoping to replicate his incredible goal-scoring strikes for Ghana.
Two more midfielders – one from Arsenal and one from United – should also get a mention here. It wasn’t that long ago that Granit Xhaka looked like he was on his way out of the Emirates. But he has won over the fans with some inspirational performances this season – the type that he has regularly been putting in for Switzerland in his 106-cap international career.
Christian Eriksen is another really big name expected to be starring in the Middle East. After collapsing on the pitch in the Euros, his comeback has been nothing short of incredible and he could lead Denmark to more glory in Qatar.
Stars for Their Countries
There are other players from the two clubs also expected to play their part for their countries at the upcoming World Cup. Unlike many of the EPL clubs, Manchester United have a strong English core and the likes of Luke Shaw, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire should all feature at some point over the next month or so. Their teammate Fred could also get some game time for Brazil as well, as well as Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli.
William Saliba has been in outstanding form for the Gunners this season and has definitely warranted staying part of the French squad for the World Cup. Although Raphaël Varane has been named in the 26-man squad despite his injury, Saliba could be very important for the Les Bleus.
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Both United and Arsenal have other defenders hoping to play a part for their respective country in the tournament. Takehiro Tomiyasu has proved to be a hit with the Emirates crowd and should be starring for Japan in Qatar. While the Netherlands has looked to Tyrell Malacia in the past – and he will be hoping to represent his nation, even though appearances for his club have been rare in recent weeks.
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United also have two young players on their books that may not get so much game time for the club, but will be at the World Cup. Hannibal Mejri has been on loan at Birmingham City this season but will be playing for Tunisia – and Facundo Pellistri, who may soon leave the club, is part of the Uruguay squad.
As you can see, Arsenal and Manchester United will certainly be represented well in the Qatar World Cup this year. With all that talent to choose from, surely one or two of them will be returning to their clubs in December with a World Cup winner’s medal.
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