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5 Arsenal players who will miss World Cup 2018

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2018 FWA Footballer of the Year Dinner - Landmark Hotel
2018 FWA Footballer of the Year Dinner - Landmark Hotel

Gareth Southgate alongside many other managers has announced the 23-man squad that they would be bringing to Russia this summer. As the world stares at the players who will be playing in Russia, the rest who have no summer action would have little to do besides watching the game at home and awaiting the pre-season tour to start.

Arsenal players have represented their nation on multiple occasions but on this special occasion, not everyone has been selected by their managers. Vice-captain Laurent Koscielny was expected to play his final World Cup for France this summer but things did not go his way. As such, Didier Deschamp would have Koscielny's name removed from the list.

In Arsenal's lackluster season, a number of players have had subpar performances the whole season. Given that, they have lost their spots in the 23-man squad and were replaced by more capable players. Here is a look at five Gunners who will miss the World Cup despite their nation's participation in the game.

#5 Jack Wilshere (England)

Arsenal Training Session
Arsenal Training Session

Rumors spread like wildfire that Wilshere had been left out of Southgate's squad before the official announcement. On Twitter, the midfielder seemed to have confirmed his absence from World Cup after he unexpectedly responded to a fan who asked him out to Zante.

Many Arsenal fans were disgruntled with the decision to leave Wilshere out of the squad. The English international worked his way into Arsenal's first team after recovering from a fracture in his leg. He started playing in Arsenal's second team and had a crucial role in the Europa League competition. Soon, Wenger saw the potential in him to play regularly for the first team.

On the overall, Wilshere remained pretty fit and confident in his playing style. He may not be the most creative player in the midfield, but he is certainly one who works extremely hard for his side. He is one of the key absentees from the England squad.

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