Four years ago we had two Gunners competing in the World Cup finals. Both have left Arsenal a few years ago, but only one of them will hold the fondest of memories. Van Persie was not able to make a difference for the Dutch, but Fabregas immortalised himself with an extra-time assist for Iniesta that proofed to be enough to win the World Cup. In hindsight, it happened for the right guy, although at the time I felt quite differently about it.
Thinking back about that final, I started to wonder whether we will see any Gunners in this year’s final in about five weeks from now. The big favourites are the South-American giants of Brazil and Argentina. It appears hard for European countries to win in South-America, although the Dutch came very close in 1978 when Rob Rensenbrink hit the post in the very last minute of the game…. Pure agony for any Dutchman…
I go along with the favourites tag for those two countries, but I have a feeling that it will also suit the likes of Germany, Spain, France, Holland, and even England, a lot to be regarded as underdogs. We have Gunners in the German (Pod, Ozil, Mertesacker), Spanish (Cazorla) and French (Koscielny, Sagna[theoretically] and Giroud) teams, and of course Jack and Ox in the English team. There is also Tommy V in the Belgium squad and Joel Campbell at Costa Rica. I hope I have not forgotten anybody.
We have actually enough Gunners out there to make a team:
Unfortunately, we do not have a goalie out there, but the Pod will do. 🙂
Now, of all these fine Gunners – and what a nice team it is! – who will get furthest, and who might make it to the final? Could it be Germany v France with six Gunners on display? Could it be Jack v Ozil, or Tommy V v Giroud?
Let’s do some predictions, just for a bit of fun:
- Which countries will make it to the semi-finals?
- Which teams will make it to the final?
- Who will win it?
- Who will be top scorer (all players)?
- Which Gunner(s) will make it furthest in the tournament?
- Which Gunner will score the most goals?
- Who will be picked in the tournament’s top eleven team?
- How will England do?
- Who will score most goals for England?
- And finally, not a prediction: Who would you like to win the World Cup and why?
Written by: TotalArsenal.