With the 2022 World Cup kicking off tomorrow when hosts Qatar take on Ecuador in Group A, Arsenal fans have a lot to look forward to over the next six weeks. The Gunners have 10 Middle East representatives across five groups after a blistering start to the Premier League season, sitting at the top of the tree by a five-point margin after 14 games.
express sport is here to provide the perfect guide so you can relax and never miss out on Mikel Arteta’s team in action on the international stage this winter.
* all start times are in UK time
England: Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Bukayo Saka
USA: Matt Turner
Monday, November 21 (1:00 p.m.) – England against iran
Monday, November 21 (7:00 p.m.) – USA against Wales
Friday, November 25 (7:00 p.m.) – England against USA
Tuesday, November 29 (7:00 p.m.) – Wales vs. England
Tuesday, November 29 (7:00 p.m.) – Iran vs. USA
Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Bukayo Saka are part of the England team the nation hopes can “bring football home” after 56 years, just over a year after the heartbreak of Euro 2020. Meanwhile, the Backup goaltender Matt Turner aims to throw a wrench into the works with the US.
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France: Guillermo Saliba
Tuesday, November 22 (7:00 p.m.) – France against Australia
Saturday, November 26 (4:00 p.m.) – France against Denmark
Wednesday, November 30 (3:00 p.m.) – Tunisia vs France
William Saliba is a popular predicted pick for Young Player of the Tournament, and may set the precedent for a good winter in the group stage. If the groups go as expected, the 21-year-old could face Ramsdale, White and Saka in the quarterfinals.
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Japan: Takehiro Tomiyasu
Wednesday, November 23 (1:00 p.m.) – Germany vs Japan
Sunday, November 27 (10 a.m.) – Japan against Costa Rica
Thursday, December 1 (7:00 p.m.) – Japan against spain
Japan enter the World Cup as an outsider to qualify for the knockout stages, and Takehiro Tomiyasu is likely to have a lot of work for him in Group E with Germany and Spain. But Tomiyasu is part of an exciting team that certainly has the potential to upset.
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Brazil: Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus
Swiss: Xhaka Granite
Thursday, November 24 (10 a.m.) – Swiss against Cameroon
Thursday, November 24 (7:00 p.m.) – Brazil against serbia
Monday, November 28 (4:00 p.m.) – Brazil against Swiss
Friday, December 2 (7:00 p.m.) – Cameroon vs. Brazil
Friday, December 2 (7:00 p.m.) – Serbia vs. Swiss
Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus are members of tournament favorites and number 1 seeded nation Brazil. They are joined in Group G by in-form midfielder Granit Xhaka, whose Swiss team is expected to battle Serbia for second place.
Ghana: Thomas Partey
Thursday, November 26 (4:00 p.m.) – Portugal vs Ghana
Monday, November 28 (1:00 p.m.) – South Korea vs. Ghana
Friday, December 2 (3:00 p.m.) – Ghana against uruguay
From the top-seeded World Cup nation to the lowest-seeded nation… Thomas Partey is the centerpiece of a Ghanaian side expected to bring only color and vitality to the fray in Group H. But a player of the quality of the Gunners’ midfielder can propel any team to the next level, so it might not be as clear cut as it seems on paper…
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