It’s nearly that time again. The 2018 World Cup is fast approaching, with the first match taking place on the 14th of June between Russia and Saudi Arabia.


A photo taken on May 12, 2018 shows FIFA World Cup 2018 mascot Zabivaka, placed in front of Rostov Arena in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. – The stadium will host five football matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

It’s the most watched tournament in the world, with the last final expected to be watched by more than one billion people.

What I enjoy about the World Cup is that there’s constant football, memorable goals and most importantly, it’s stress free.

Why stress free? Well I have the pleasure of being South African, and while we’re pretty decent at sports, football is not one of them. As such, I watch World Cups without the stress of my team being eliminated.

I remember the last time South Africa were in the tournament, when we were hosting it in 2010, and the stress levels I dealt with would rival that of any big Arsenal game (nearly). I don’t want that! Arsenal give me enough stress as it is!

So, after the slight disappointment of my nation failing to qualify for the World Cup again, I become grateful because it means I can just sit back and enjoy the football.

However, you still have to root for a team, it’s no fun otherwise.

The main factor I look for in supporting an international team is simple; there must be an Arsenal player in it.

However, there are a number of Arsenal players heading to the World Cup, so which one to choose?

You can support all of them really, but let’s take a look at the Arsenal player who will be there and see if we can decide between their countries…