Five Arsenal stars certain not to feature at the World Cup

Theo Walcott

With Wilshere, Özil, Giroud and the rest heading to Brazil, let’s examine the players unfortunate to be left at home.

Arsenal consistently perform in the Premier League, finishing in the top four every year since 95/96, when they finished 5th.

They have also featured in the last sixteen consecutive Champions League seasons, a feat only surpassed by Real Madrid and Manchester United.

You would expect the vast majority of Arsène Wenger’s team to be heading to the World Cup. However, for a multitude of reasons, some have missed the boat.

Here are five high profile absentees from the summer spectacle.

Aaron Ramsey – Wales – Didn’t qualify

Aaron Ramsey, like Ryan Giggs before him, may never reach the World Cup finals with Wales. They finished second from bottom in a tough group featuring Belgium, Croatia, and Serbia. Ramsey chipped in with three goals and a few captain’s appearances but couldn’t quite get Wales to South America.

Theo Walcott – England – Injured

The England flyer is desperately unlucky with World Cups. After selection aged 17 for the Germany 2006 World Cup, Theo, now aged 25, hasn’t been selected for a World Cup since. Fabio Capello controversially omitted Walcott from his 2010 squad, and this time around he’s sustained a long term injury ensuring his maintained absence for the prestigious competition.

Wojciech Szczęsny – Poland – Didn’t qualify

The Premierships joint-Golden Glove winner last season helped ensure England’s progress to Brazil having featured in the Poland side beaten by England in their final fixture. Unfortunately for the big Pole, their campaign failed in the previous game against Ukraine. Although Poland's first choice between the sticks, their group proved too tough to conquer.

Tomáš Rosický – Czech Republic – Didn’t qualify

A shock defeat versus Armenia saw Rosický’s Czech Republic finish third in their group behind Denmark and eventual group winners Italy. If they had beaten Armenia, their 18 point tally would have secured a play-off spot. Tomáš captains the Czech side although, at 33, he’ll be lucky to get another World Cup chance.

Mikel Arteta – Spain – Not selected

Arsenal’s midfield ever-present Mikel Arteta was not selected for Spain’s World Cup push. Moreover, Arteta has never been selected for La Roja. Although playing over 250 games for Premiership clubs Everton and Arsenal, the efficient Spaniard was born into a great generation of Spanish midfielders and struggles to shine brightest.

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