Five Arsenal players for whom the World Cup could spell a January exit

Emmanuel Frimpong, Thomas Vermaelen, Park Chu-Young, Ryo Miyaichi and Nacho Monreal may consider their options in January.

With the World Cup coming up next summer, plenty of players in the Premier League want first-team football to ensure they are on the pane to Brazil.

So which Arsenal players could leave permanently or temporarily this January?

Emmanuel Frimpong

Ghana essentially have one foot in the World Cup next summer after thrashing Egypt in the first leg of their qualifying match.

With that in mind the combative midfielder will certainly want to be playing first-team football for the next six months of the season in order to make his way into the Black Stars 23.

He was in the squad for the game against Egypt, but has the likes of Kevin Prince Boateng, Anthony Annan and Alfred Duncan breathing down his neck.

Regular football may be necessary to cement his place in the squad.

Ryo Miyaichi

The Japanese winger made his way into the Japanese first-team after impressive spells on loan with Feyenoord and Bolton Wanderers.

He hasn’t played for the Samurai Blues since 2012, and still only has two international caps to his name, but he is not getting a look in at Arsenal at the moment.

If he wants to board a plane with the likes of Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Yuto Nagatomo this summer, he might have to depart in January.

Nacho Monreal

The Spanish defender is behind Kieran Gibbs in the Arsenal pecking order right now - and the Spanish team is not exactly an easy one to get into.

He has recently spoke of his happiness at The Emirates, but with a place at the World Cup up for grabs he might have to reconsider.

Park Chu-Young

The forgotten man is something of a ghost at The Emirates at the moment, and the same applies to his national team South Korea.

Park has barely featured in recent times in North London and has not played for his country since 2011.

So a move is necessary.

Thomas Vermaelen

The club captain is going nowhere says Arsene Wenger, but he is another player who is currently out of the team.

With the Belgian national team a melting pot of talent at the moment he might need to consider first-team football elsewhere.

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