While the timing of the 2022 World Cup hasn’t been widely welcomed, it does offer a chance for fans to take a breather from their domestic interests. Those supporters will be cheering on their national team, but they will also take an interest in players representing other countries.
For Arsenal supporters, there’s lots to look forward to and here are some of the more notable players looking to make an impact in Qatar.
When Head Coach Gareth Southgate announced his squad for Nations League matches against Italy and Germany, two Arsenal players were confirmed. In the absence of Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale will be looking to take his chance in goal while Bukayo Saka will be confident of a regular starting place at the World Cup.
The majority of Gunners fans will be behind the Three Lions but could this be their year? Following a semifinal place at Russia in 2018 and an appearance in the final of Euro 2020, a World Cup win in 2022 may seem like a natural progression.
There’s certainly some support from the bookmakers who are monitoring the markets in the lead up to football’s greatest spectacle. According to current outright World Cup tournament betting odds, England are joint third favourites to win the trophy, along with Argentina. Ahead of those two sides are favourites Brazil and defending champions France.
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It’s the place to follow the World Cup from a betting point of view, but England are not the only focal point for Arsenal fans in Qatar.
Brazil are the current favourites to win the World Cup and Arsenal’s key striker may have a big part to play if the South Americans are to lift the trophy. Gabriel Jesus became one of the club’s most expensive signings when he joined from Manchester City in the summer.
The 25-year-old has already scored some important goals to help his club climb to the top of the table and there will be more to come across the season. At international level, Jesus has scored 19 times in his first 56 full internationals and he’ll provide solid back up to the more prolific Neymar in Qatar.
Gabriel Jesus isn’t the only Brazilian at the Emirates. Gabriel Martinelli has just broken into the senior side and will hope to travel to Qatar as a back up to the two main strikers.
The Case for the Defence
France are the defending champions, having won the World Cup in Russia four years ago. At the heart of the Gunners’ own defence, William Saliba has helped to keep things tight this season and he scored the opening goal in his team’s 3-0 win over Brentford.
Saliba is another player to have broken into his national side in 2022. He may not be a first choice but should make the plane to Qatar.
Best of the Rest
Arsenal fans may also want to turn their attention to Switzerland, Ghana and Portugal this winter. Granit Xhaka will be there with his Swiss side and looking to add to his impressive tally of 104 international caps.
Flying the flag for Ghana is Thomas Partey while Cedric Soares and, potentially, Fabio Vieira, will be hoping to be involved. The timing of the 2022 World Cup may be frustrating for domestic fans but there’s plenty of interest for the Gunners in Qatar.