(BACK L-R) Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin, Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, Arsenal's Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, Arsenal's German defender Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal's English forward Danny Welbeck, Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny (FRONT L-R) Arsenal's French forward Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal's English midfielder Jack Wilshere, Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal's Spanish defender Nacho Monreal and Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil pose before the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal FC at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on May 3, 2018. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Who's In? Every Arsenal Player Included in Their Country's 23-Man Squad for the World Cup

With the World Cup drawing ever close it's time for Arsenal fans to see which of their stars have made the grade for their countries ahead of the most highly anticipated competition in international football.


Eight Gunners will be travelling to Russia to represent their national team on the big stage, but will the North London outfit have a World Champion among their ranks when the new season commences?


Here's a look at the Arsenal players who will be representing their country in Russia this summer.

8. Alex Iwobi

Country: Nigeria

Year of Debut: 2015


Despite somewhat struggling for Arsenal since breaking into the Gunners lineup in 2016, Alex Iwobi has done enough to earn his place in Russia with Nigeria this summer. 


Throughout the course of the previous campaign, the 22-year-old winger notched a total of 10 goal contributions from 39 games across all competitions, and recently found the net in an international friendly against England at Wembley.

7. Mohamed Elneny

Country: Egypt

Year of Debut: 2011


One of the Premier League contingent of Egyptian stars, Mohamed Elneny has developed into one of Arsenal's finest midfielder's with the former Basel man picking up 32 appearances for the Gunners throughout the course of the 2017/18 campaign. 


When fit, the Egyptian defensive midfielder has been an influential member of former manager Arsene Wenger's squad, helping the Gunners to the semi-finals of the Europa League, scoring his only goal of the season against BATE Borisov on the way.

6. Joel Campbell

Country: Costa Rica

Year of Debut: 2011


After spending much of the 2017/18 season out after having a knee operation, Real Betis loan star Joel Campbell played a cameo role in a strong season, seeing Los Verdiblancos finish sixth in La Liga, ahead of Champions League quarter finalists Sevilla. 


Despite having limited game time, Arsenal loanee Campbell still found time to score two goals and register an assist from eight league games, seeing him picked as part of Costa Rica's 23-man World Cup squad.

5. David Ospina

Country: Colombia

Year of Debut: 2007


In a season whereby Arsenal's number one, Petr Cech, was somewhat underwhelming in his performances, David Ospina truly stepped up to plate and gave a good account of himself in the limited game time that he had. 


Playing the majority of Arsenal's Europa League campaign, the Medellin-born shot stopper kept three clean sheets, adding to the other six he accrued in the Premier League and the League Cup.

4. Danny Welbeck

Country: England

Year of Debut: 2011


Despite being a seemingly odd inclusion by Gareth Southgate, Danny Welbeck has undoubtedly earned his place on board the Three Lions plane destined for Russia. 


Having been forced to compete against the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Welbeck has had to fight to earn game time at the Emirtaes. 


When he has found minutes on the pitch though, he has made his physicality, and his near-endless speed and stamina work to his advantage, helping him grab 10 goals this season.

3. Nacho Monreal

Country: Spain

Year of Debut: 2009


Throughout a painfully sub-par season for Arsenal, Nacho Monreal has been one of the Gunners standout performers, with the Spaniard's versatility allowing him to be a stoic performer in the centre of defence, or a creative spark on the flanks. 


After playing 38 games across all competitions this season, scoring six goals, Monreal finds himself, very deservedly, included as part of Spain's World Cup squad.

2. Granit Xhaka

Country: Switzerland

Year of Debut: 2011


After narrowly surviving an injury scare, Granit Xhaka earned his inclusion in Switzerland's 23-man World Cup squad. The tough-as-nails Swiss defensive midfielder has enjoyed a positive 2017/18 season, seeing him accrue 11 goal contributions, almost one for every (12) yellow card he picked up this season. 


Having made an appearance in every Premier League game this season, Xhaka has earned himself a reputation as a true dynamo, and one Switzerland will be very thankful to have.

1. Mesut Ozil

Country: Germany

Year of Debut: 2009


A true footballing artist, Mesut Ozil may not have had his most impressive season in an Arsenal shirt, but he is nonetheless deserving of all the praise and plaudits he has received over the course of the season. 


With the vision of a clairvoyant, and the passing skills to match, Ozil has the potential to unlock any defence standing between Die Mannschaft and the goal, hence why Joachim Low stuck by him once again.