The 17 Arsenal players that will be at the 2010 World Cup (and 4 that won’t)

The 17 Arsenal players that will be at the 2010 World Cup (and 4 that won’t)

Arshavin's Russia have a tough clash with Germany

This week’s round of World Cup qualifiers will see a number of international teams contesting spots in South Africa. Being the top European club that we are, Arsenal of course have a huge percentage of their squad participating in these games – many of which will return back to London with smiles on their faces and a few that won’t.

Taking into account the games to be played, here then are my predictions as to those Arsenal players we’ll be able to watch in South Africa at next year’s World Cup and those that will miss out.

Nicklas Bendtner – Yes!
Right into the juicy stuff then. I fancy Denmark to get home in a tough group that features Sweden and Portugal, they only need to beat the Swedes tomorrow at home and they’ll be through. While my tip is a draw between the two Scando teams the Danes should smash Malta in the final group game, thus sealing a fairly straightforward progression. And just for the record, Ol’ Pink Boots could be a good outside tip for the golden boot in South Africa. You heard it here first…

Johan Djourou & Philippe Senderos – Yes!
Both of our Swiss defenders are unlikely to feature for their country – Djourou because of injury and Senderos because the Swiss manager doesn’t seem to like him a whole lot – but it won’t stop them making the World Cup. They only need to get a win over Luxembourg this weekend and they’re through, leaving Djourou with plenty of time to get his knee fixed and Senderos to convince the manager that he’s not a bad bloke. Good luck to both of them.

Tomas Rosicky – No!
The Czech captain’s place at the World Cup is not looking good with his country sitting in fourth in the group and relying on Slovakia beating Slovenia this weekend to stay in it. It could happen and the Czechs might sneak a playoff spot by winning their last two games but even if they do, I can’t see them winning through to South Africa. Sorry Tomas.

Lukasz Fabianski – No!
Poland are even further off the pace in the Czech Republic’s group, so it’s pretty much curtains for the Tadpole’s 2010 World Cup dreams.

Andrey Arshavin – Yes!
Arshavin’s Russia will essentially seal their  place in the World Cup if they  beat Germany tomorrow night, with the final game against mighty Azerbaijan all but a formality. As captain of Russia Arshavin will be out to put in a good performance tomorrow and I actually fancy the Russians to beat Germany, particularly with Dutch genius Guus Hiddink at the helm. Seriously, when has that guy failed? And even if he does, Russia are well-drilled enough to win through a play-off, so I fancy Arshavin bringing his big personality to South Africa next year.

Aaron Ramsey – No!
As good as he has been playing for Wales, Ramsey’s World Cup dreams are nonexistent with his team trailing Germany and Russia by 12491032525 points.

Cesc Fabregas – Yes!
Cesc and his fabulous Spain team are already there and potential favourites for the big one. Not with me though, I fancy Brazil.

Thomas Vermaelen – No!
As good a bloke and player Vermaelen clearly is, his presence will not be enough to see Belgium to the World Cup. They’re fourth in a group that features Spain, Bosnia and Turkey with two games to play, cannot mathematically qualify. Apparently we should watch out for Belgium in 2014 though, when Vermaelen and his youthful buddies will be quite a team.

Theo Walcott – Yes!
He might not be in the squad for England’s games against Ukraine and Belarus but Fabio Capello would be mad to leave the speedster out of his World Cup squad. Pen him in.

Eduardo – Yes!
The sad thing for Eduardo and his Croatia team is that as good as they are, their fate will largely be determined by England. If England roll over against Ukraine then it puts the Andriy Shevchenko and Co in the driving seat but should the Three Lions do the right thing and steal a point or three then Eduardo is as good as through. A tough one but as much as I despise the English national team I think they’ll do the noble thing and help Croatia through.

William Gallas, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Samir Nasri & Abou Diaby – Yes!
With France trailing Serbia in their World Cup group the above quintuple are almost certainly going to have to qualify via the play-offs. But even with the incompetent Raymond Domenech at the helm a strikeforce of Karim Benzema and Thierry Henry as well as the Arsenal brigade should be more than enough to see the French qualify for South Africa. It could be a very sad Arsenal dressing room if they cock up and let Austria steal their spot though…

Robin van Persie – Yes!
His recent injury might have stopped him from visiting Australia over the week (booo!) but Holland’s poxy group means they basically qualified before they kicked a ball. Van Persie will be willing and ready to hit the woodwork 12 times in South Africa next June.

Denilson – Yes!
Brazil might have already qualified and Denilson might have have precisely as many international caps as Manuel Almunia, but for some funny reason I can see the midfielder making it into the Brazilian team for South Africa. It might take Gilberto Silva being hit by a tram or Felipe Melo coming down with starfish flu but Denilson is a decent little player and if he does enough to impress this season then Dunga could well include him in their squad.

Carlos Vela – Yes!
After a woeful start to the qualifying campaign under Sven Goran Eriksson, Mexico have recovered to look the goods to make it to South Africa. Carlos Vela continues to play a big part and with only El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago to play, the man with the silkiest chip in world football will certainly be there in June.

Alex Song – Yes!
Song’s Cameroon currently lead their group after four games, one point ahead of Gabon and another ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor’s Togo. The two ex-teammates clash tomorrow and should Song run out the victor then Cameroon will be at the World Cup yet again. I fancy them to do it, although a poor result would see a nervous wait before a tough away game against Morocco, so Song shouldn’t be counting his chickens just yet.

Emmanuel Eboue – Yes!
With the Ivory Coast already qualified, Eboue’s butt-wiggling, over-the-top diving, moustache-wearing personality will be on display for all to see in South Africa next year. If ever an African team has looked good to win the prize then it is this Ivory Coast team which contain the Toures Kolo and Yaya, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and our man Eboue, and on home-ish soil they certainly look a decent outside shot.

So commiserations to Vermaelen, Fabianski, Rosicky and Ramsey, who will not be making it to the World Cup this time around. But to the other 17 I say in advance, well done! You surely deserve it!

Let’s see how right/wrong I am…

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48 Responses to “The 17 Arsenal players that will be at the 2010 World Cup (and 4 that won’t)”

  1. Vertino
    October 9, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    What about Wilshere? Could he not be the Walcott of 2006 and sneak in at the last minute. I think he has more chance of making it than Owen!

    And if Gibbs plays a few games, he could be a reserve choice for Left back.

    It is a proven fact that international teams do better with Arsenal players! I hope Capello et al made a note of that 😛

  2. Johno
    October 9, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    On a day of little news, check this out to raise your spirits.
    http://www.soccerclips.net/videos/wenger-comp-sky-sports

  3. White Ox
    October 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    Props to Dally for a quality post yesterday. Wonder when we’ll see an Aussie playing for Arsenal; no analysis needed on that one, we’re the first nation to qualify!

  4. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    @ Vertino – True re: Wilshere and Gibbs. Let’s hope Gibbs in particular gets in, although I personally can’t see it with Cole and Bridge his competition.

  5. Ole Gunner
    October 9, 2009 at 8:19 pm #

    At the last World Cup, Arsenal was the team that had the most participants in all of Europe.

    I bet we’ll retain that distinction this time as well.

  6. billi
    October 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    As to Germany – Russia, I don’t agree, of course as a German I believe they will make it, the Russians were a bit unsteady the last European Championship as well as the German, it’s 50:50, but the German are known to make it and I believe they will of course, but I agree that both teams will qualify, regardless if directly or via relegation or play-off afterwards 😛

  7. mjc
    October 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    Van Persie’s not injured – he didn’t go to Australia as his wife is about to give birth….

  8. thomas
    October 9, 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    Senderos will play, when it is right what I heard. The usual centerbacks are not aviable. So Senderos has a god chance to play against Luxenburg.

  9. Michael
    October 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    Hiddink is a fantastic manager and Russia are more than just a decent side, but I think we (Germany) just know how to do enough in these kind of games.

    Oh, your podcast is on iTunes, good one!

    With your list, I don’t think Denilson will make it.

  10. Mark Flatts
    October 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    Croatia as good as through if England beat Ukraine??? What about the play-offs which will follow?? Have you forgotten about them?

  11. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    @ mjc – Cheers man, good info. I read something else but that’s good to know.

  12. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 9, 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    @ Mark – I’d back Croatia to beat just about anybody in the play-offs, except perhaps Germany. Still think they’ll be at South Africa, although I do admit I made a little oversight there.

  13. billi
    October 9, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    Bendtner: not sure
    Djourou, Senderous: agree
    Fabiansky: agree
    Rosicky: difficult, small chance, but agree, the czech are too shaky mentally
    Ramsey, Fabregas, Vermaelen, Walcott: obviously
    Eduardo: agree
    France brigade: no
    van Persie: obviously
    Denilson: agree
    Vela: agree
    Song: don’t understand quali :mrgreen:
    Eboue: agree silently, quite the same problem like with Song

  14. haho
    October 9, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    billi: why no Bendtner? They are leading their group and playing very well. And France will make it, but I hope Domenech gets fired along the way.
    ALso, Denilson should be playing. Dunga however is a manager from South Brazil and favours (and understands) others from there better, hence the crap Lucas being in the team but no Denilson… We will see, he defo deserves is.

  15. enemyairships
    October 9, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    I’d love it if France failed to qualify. Even though we’d have to sit through the obligatory ‘Wenger to manage France?’ headlines, we’d have half of our team fit and ready for battle next season! Oh yeah, nothing to do with the fact I’m English as well…

  16. shambogunner
    October 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    hey andy those playoffs are a different ballgame completely bro and you cant predict a result based on a countrys stature or reputation…im irish and while our national team struggles for consistency in that scenario we always hav a chance and id fancy usin a play-off vs france/crotia or russia

  17. I mole
    October 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Can’t wait 2 see d gunners guyz on african soil. Africans await ur coming (fab , arsh, theo .edu,gibbs,vela…….)come on guyz and make ur club & country proud.

  18. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    @ shambogunner – I agree that they become a different ball-game, but I stand by my predictions. 🙂

  19. Vertino
    October 9, 2009 at 9:25 pm #

    I rememeber that stat too Ole Gunner, it is further proof that sometimes just playing for Arsenal is good enough for most international teams!

  20. billi
    October 9, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    Denmark loses the two games Hungary and Sweden 18 points, Sweden wins against Malta 21 points, and Portugal wins the two games against Malta and Hungary 19 points, so Portugal and Sweden will be the two of this group

    and France has been too weak recently (as far as I can remember their performances in the last European-Championship), I think they havn’t fullfilled their generation change

  21. Ole Gunner
    October 9, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    Vertino,

    And sure proof that we have a quality squad.

  22. C-Bass
    October 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    “Eboue’s butt-wiggling, over-the-top diving, moustache-wearing personality will be on display for all to see in South Africa next year.” – AW/SF

    YES! I mean no! I mean every world cup needs at least one of these.

  23. martin keogh
    October 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    the “bigger” teams who reach the play offs have a much better chance of qualifying now Uefa/Fifa have decided to seed the draw…making it harder for the like of the irish to qualify. They will prob get the r/up in the russia/germany group….

  24. Panda
    October 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    My Czech’s will make it. Just you wait!

  25. Panda
    October 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm #

    Also van Persie wasn’t injured Andy. His wife was having a little van Persie, and he had fatherly duties…

  26. Ian
    October 9, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    Been a Scot and a gooner I’ll support all the countries with gooners playing for them except of course England-shire! C’mon you wouldn’t really expect otherwise would you?

  27. Clature
    October 10, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    its all good. And one of t

  28. senior citizen
    October 10, 2009 at 2:38 am #

    I would love to disagree with u esp. on Togo qualifying than Ivory coast. Togo itself knows they can’t take any point from Ivory coast.

    I would love to see Song’s team demolish for us the Abadeyo’s of this world.

    I will go for Ghana and Brazil in this World cup. It will be good if South Africa also avoids making an unusual record though….

    I believe England will be knocked off in Either Group level or Second round knockouts, depending on who will be on their group. sorry to walcot in advance.

    France will make it to South Africa though…

  29. jay-jay
    October 10, 2009 at 2:52 am #

    Bendtner will defo be in South Africa next year. Infact I agree with you. I also fancy the russians to beat germany, however if croatia play germany in the play offs then germany wil be thorugh. Although what a good play off France-Germany would be. Deni wont be put in the squad!

  30. shambogunner
    October 10, 2009 at 3:26 am #

    ireland can beat italy tomorrow because,like france,they are ageing and flatter to deceive quite often…the way fifa have now decided to seed the teams is just a get out of jail free card so that the big corporations and tv guys that follow these countries make it to south africa…dissapointing because i think in recent world cups ‘smaller’ footballing nations such as australia/usa/ivory coast and ireland hav really lit up the competition and competed and i remember it was only a highly contentious italian penalty won by grosso in the dying moments that robbed either usa or australia of a semi final spot where italy went on to be champions, and we ourselves were hugely unlucky to lose out on pens vs spain 4yrs prior…the fact is for the teams iv mentioned its hard enough to come out of the qualifiers,more so in europe, as the bigger nations squads are already superior and more equiped, without them been handed seeded playoffs as a counter measure to their underperformances in their groups…
    france,portugal and italy dont even deserve to make it,we deserved to beat italy away whilst it took 2 kaladze ogs in georgia to give the italians 3pts, kaladze who plays for ac milan….hmmmmmm
    lets hav more of the irelands,usa’s,aussies,greeks,turks mexicos,paraguays.etc at the world cup….in my opinion it shudbe made harder for the big nations to justify their place,not easier…if we get russia in a playoff wed be wel up against it

  31. Alan Goat
    October 10, 2009 at 3:51 am #

    Ramsey, no? I say get in there son.

  32. mayank
    October 10, 2009 at 6:45 am #

    I just hope that none of them come back with a severe injury. If a big injury happens, we are doomed as we have a pretty thin squad…

  33. georgetown gooner
    October 10, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    why do you despise the english national team andy?

  34. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 10, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    @ georgetown – Perhaps ‘despise’ is too strong a word. It’s just hard to get excited about them with guys like Ashley Cole, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard running around. Every week these guys are so annoying and it’s very hard to forget that when they all play together.

  35. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 10, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    @ Alan Goat – Sorry… but Ramsey’s nowhere. Maybe you can spend next June trying to court him instead?

  36. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 10, 2009 at 8:08 am #

    @ shambogunner – Hahah, a highly contentious penalty that robbed either USA or Australia of the game?

    It was Australia mate and we’ll never forget it! And it was to get into the quarters! Get it right! 😛

  37. georgetown gooner
    October 10, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    andy tim cahill is a good player do you see him as your most important player in south africa next year? dont know much about the australian squad at the moment any ones to watch out for and does harry kewell still get a game?

  38. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    October 10, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    @ georgetown – Yeah, we’ve a fairly good team. Cahill is the key, but we’ve a solid defence as well with Schwarzer in goals, Lucas Neill and Craig Moore at the back and Brett Emerton and Luke Wilkshire out wide. In midfield we have players like Vince Grella, Jason Culina, Marco Bresciano, David Carney and then in the attacking spots Harry Kewell, Timmy Cahill, Scott McDonald from Celtic and the giant, Josh Kennedy.

    We’ve a very decent squad with a strong mentality and I think we’ll do well as long as the draw is favourable.

  39. Panda
    October 10, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    @ shambogunner – I don’t think it’s entirely true that France are an aging team. Maybe Henry but across the park they’re very youthful, which is why the public are so up-in-arms about Domenech doing a shit job. The only players in the starting 11 who are “old” are possibly Henry, Mexes and Gallas, and even then, ideally your centre-halves are older and well, Henry is Henry. Look at the youth talent like Nasri, Gourcuff, Ribery (he may look like a 60 year old pirate but he’s still in his early 20’s) Malouda, Diarra (sigh)

    🙂

  40. Joshua Low
    October 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScM0VmdHJ2M

    check it out pls cheers

  41. shambogunner
    October 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    @andy sorry bro,ur rite it was quarters but my point is teams like ours the further they get the more determined and harder to beat they are and ur guys wer playing great stuff that world cup…it was a shocking call
    @panda hmmmmm seems i hav to be more careful durin the international breaks with wot i say,everyones so bored and quick to correct minor mistakes rather than discuss the actual content of a comment i made….(SIGH)…any way panda mate wot i meant was theres a staleness in the french squad and its been evident for years under domenech,even tho there are 8 squad members who are 30+,i.e gallas,boumsong,squillachi,escude,vieira,abidal,govou and anelka,ur rite they cannot be regarded as an ‘ageing’ team….now would you argue that they dont deserve to qualify based on their group displays so far????

  42. billi
    October 13, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    the French underlined they will, I think there were no surprises at all so far, I found a pic from Rosicky and it came a song into my mind, so I covered it, it should just be fun 😀 : “World Cup 2010”

    Oh Lord, won’t you let San Marino good play?

    My friends all will fly South, I must make amends.
    Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
    So Lord, won’t you let San Marino good play?

    Oh Lord, won’t you give them a pretty good day?
    Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me.
    I wait for delivery each day until three,
    So oh Lord, won’t you give them a pretty good day?

    Oh Lord, won’t you give them a win on that day ?
    I’m counting on you, Lord, please don’t let me down.
    Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
    Oh Lord, won’t you give them a win on that day?

    Everybody!
    Oh Lord, won’t you let San Marino good play?
    My friends all will fly South, I must make amends,
    Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
    So oh Lord, won’t you let San Marino good play?

    That’s it!

    JANIS JOPLIN

    pics: http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/6183/rosb.jpg

    http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/5452/mis2e5ca8p2009101004787.jpg

  43. billi
    October 13, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    the French underlined they will, I think there were no surprises at all so far, I found a pic from Rosicky and it came a song into my mind, so I covered it, it should just be fun 😀 : “World Cup 2010”

    “World Cup 2010”

    Oh Lord, won’t you let San Marino play well ?
    My friends all will fly South, I must make amends.
    Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
    So Lord, won’t you let San Marino play well?

    Oh Lord, won’t you give them a pretty good day?
    Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me.
    I wait for delivery each day until three,
    So oh Lord, won’t you give them a pretty good day?

    Oh Lord, won’t you give them a win on that day ?
    I’m counting on you, Lord, please don’t let me down.
    Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
    Oh Lord, won’t you give them a win on that day?

    Everybody!
    Oh Lord, won’t you let San Marino play well?
    My friends all will fly South, I must make amends,
    Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
    So oh Lord, won’t you let San Marino play well?

    That’s it!.

    JANIS JOPLIN

    pics: http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/6183/rosb.jpg

    http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/5452/mis2e5ca8p2009101004787.jpg

  44. billi
    October 13, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    sorry, there were some mistakes in the first post……. my English isn’t so perfect

  45. herbzal
    October 16, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    vermalen will be missed coz he had the potential to perform well.

  46. James Ndungi
    November 9, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    I cant imagine a World Cup without this brigediers from france -William Gallas, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Samir Nasri & Abou Diaby.How can they miss? it is not right

  47. James Ndungi
    November 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Kenyan fans and moresore the Arsenal (damu)for life cannot imagine a World Cup without France Squad. France has to qualify to keep Arsenal & Barcelona life and at least motivate Henry at his sunset days in active football.

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    November 24, 2010 at 11:11 am #

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