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How could France win v Ukraine be BAD news for Arsenal?

Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny have lost their starting space - while Abou Diaby is now likely to be busy next summer?

France are through to the World Cup - and didn’t they go about it in their usually dramatic style.

After being defeated by Ukraine in Kiev 2-0, they put in a dramatic fight back at the Stade de France in order to claim a spot at the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

This is obviously great news for some of the Arsenal players - who will now look forward to representing their nation in Brazil next summer.

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But it might not exactly be good news for the club itself.

First of all, two of their stars may have now lost their place in the starting line-up.

Laurent Koscielny found himself sent off in the first leg, and his replacement Mamadou Sakho came in and scored two goals in a dominant performance.

It doesn’t stop there wither. Olivier Giroud was dropped for the game, and his replacement Karim Benzema bagged the other goal for Les Bleus.

But why would Arsenal care if their players are starting or not?

Well it certainly looks good for the club if two of your players start for one of the world’s biggest teams - but if they are going to travel all the way to South America and get nothing like a break ahead of the new season, at least if they were playing it would not be so bad.

Instead the two key players will return for pre-season training drained, sluggish and worn by the events in Brazil - even if they don’t feature regularly.

But perhaps the biggest worry would have to be Didier Deschamps’ love affair with Abou Diaby. The France boss thinks very highly of the Arsenal midfielder - and is in no doubt, that if available, he will want to take the crocked star to Brazil.

"I sent him a message of good cheer, he got it. This is not the first time he suffered a pretty serious injury. Today, he is not active. But I want him to recover more quickly."

Deschamps is in no doubt that he wants to take Diaby to the World Cup next summer - which would be news greeted coolly by Arsene Wenger - who has come to blows with Deschamps over Diaby before.

When the dynamo returns from injury he will need the summer off - to recuperate and do more physiotherapy before launching himself back into the footballing world at a competitive international competition.

After the win Wenger said this about his Frenchman currently involved with Les Bleus, and the effect the qualification has on the team:

"That is the problem of course but still, you want overall the players to be in a positive mood, to have a good self-esteem, and that of course comes by thinking you have the job done."

He might just eat those words next Autumn.

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