How problems for Germany could help Arsenal win the title

Lukas Podolski Germany

Arsenal's German contingent could play out of their skin with eight places in Germany's World Cup squad up for grabs.

A report in German newspaper Die Welt leads with a headline that there are eight places up for grabs in the German World Cup squad this summer.

Some will ask how Joachim Loew can have such a problem when he has some of Europe’s best players at his disposal but the paper suggests he has selection dilemmas in several areas.

“Loew has eight seats in the World Cup squad free – Never before have the squad complications of the national squad been so clear. Loew has put together a complicated World Cup puzzle,” reads the headline and sub-headline in Die Welt.

It’s significant news for any side with German players in the Premier League bit in particular Arsenal who have three high profile Germans who feature for Arsene Wenger consistently; Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski.

All three should be relatively assured of their places in Germany’s World Cup squad this summer but if there is such mass doubt hanging over a large portion of the squad, it should cause all three of them to tighten up their games slightly as the Gunners look to secure the Premier League title by the end of May.

Perhaps an Arsenal player the report is more significant for is someone like Serge Gnabry, a German youngster who doesn’t enjoy any guarantee over his place in the German national side.

Gnabry has featured inconsistently for Arsenal this season but there is still enough time for the winger to nail down a place for himself in Arsene Wenger’s first team down either flank.

If Gnabry can get into the Arsenal team and have a real impact on a possible title winning last ten games then Loew has always been the sort of player to reward any German with consistency a place in his team.

Arsenal are chasing a four point gap with Chelsea currently leading the table, with Manchester City going level with the Blues if they win their two games in hand.

It’s only a four point gap and if Arsenal’s Germans, who happen to be some of their most important players, play out of their skin to guarantee themselves a place in Germany’s World Cup squad, no Arsenal fan can argue against the potential benefits for the club.

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