Five Arsenal players to worry about at the World Cup

The World Cup is a marvelous tournament but which Arsenal players are in most risk of injury or exhaustion this summer?

Here are five who fans will be most protective over:

1) Mesut Ozil (GER)

The main man who Gunners fans will need to watch this summer is their club record signing and most creative player. He played 41 games in all competitions this season, his debut in England, and looked tired at times. He will be desperate to impress with Germany this summer at the World Cup in Brazil and the Germans have a great chance of making it to the latter stages, which could see Ozil get next to nothing in terms of a rest and preparation time before the new season in August.

2) Olivier Giroud (FRA)

Likewise, the club's France striker played a huge amount of games, 51 in all competitions, not counting international friendlies and World Cup qualifiers. As the Gunners' only senior recognised striker, they cannot afford for him to get injured or burn out if France make it to the latter stages of the tournament.

3) Jack Wilshere (ENG)

Every time the young No.10 appears on a football pitch there is a worry he will leave it on a stretcher. He spent 17 months out sidelined and since making his comeback then missed the end of the season for Arsenal, before suffering an injury in England’s friendly with Denmark. There will be a lot of Arsenal fans hoping Roy Hodgson treats the youngster with extra care in Brazil.

4) Oxlade-Chamberlain (ENG)

Before the tournament even started the dynamic young attacker picked up and injury. He spent the first half of the season out injured this term for Arsenal and returned to good effect but his desire to impress for his country and his family should not allow the 20-year-old to risk his fitness. He is certainly one who could benefit from a good pre-season before the new campaign. With a pre-tournament injury to bear too, fans will want to ensure he is not rushed back too quickly.

5) Laurent Koscielny (FRA)

Finally, another Frenchman, Arsenal’s most impressive defender this term made 46 appearances in all competitions and is one part of their centre-back partnership that has seen them more organised and reliable in defence in the last 12 months and, of course, Arsene Wenger cannot afford to have him out for even a game next term, such is his importance to the team.

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