10 potential World Cup stars based outside of Europe - featuring Arsenal targets

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The World Cup brings together teams from all around the world, and that includes players too - who can impress from outside Europe?

Fred, Brazil

The former Lyon striker hasn't played in Europe since moving to Fluminense in 2009, but he's been scoring goals regularly in Brazil. Clearly the lead striker for Luiz Felipe Scolari's men, Fred has hit 10 goals in his last 13 internationals, and will be the focal point of the attack. At almost 31, time is running out on the possibility of the centre forward returning to European football.

Carlos Pena, Mexico

Compared to Ruud Gullit both because of his appearance and his style of play, 24-year-old midfielder Pena has been starring in Mexico for Club Leon ever since his 2011 switch from Pachuca. Energetic and able contribute in all aspects of the game, Pena will be a key player in Mexico's three-man midfield alongside Hector Herrera and Marco Fabian - and with Arsenal reportedly interested, he could end up in the Premier League.

Oribe Peralta, Mexico

There is no guarantee that Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will start for Mexico, and that's because of the goalscoring exploits of Peralta. The 30-year-old recently signed for Club America from Santos Laguna, where Peralta has been scoring goals for fun. Now with his chance on the biggest stage in world football, Peralta has the chance to prove his quality to everybody.

Jorge Valdivia, Chile

Tipped as the dark horses of Group B, Chile will be looking to see off Spain and Holland to get into the knockout stages. In Chile's system, Palmeiras playmaker Valdivia moves between playing as a No. 10 or as a False 9, working between the lines and allowing Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas to move in behind the back four. With outstanding ability in possession, the 30-year-old will be Chile's most creative outlet.

Teofilo Gutierrez, Colombia

The injury to Falcao has damaged Colombia's hopes this summer, but Jose Pekerman still has a number of attacking options that can worry defences. One of those is River Plate's Gutierrez, who has a reputation for being something of a hot head. The enigmatic 29-year-old can effortlessly flit between the sublime and the ridiculous, but having scored consistently over his career, he could thrive in Falcao's absence.

Yoichiro Kakitani, Japan

Japan have a tough group to get through and whilst they have in-form Shinji Okazaki to rely upon, they also have another striker who could impress. Cerezo Osaka forward Kakitani has hit 46 goals in the last three seasons, prompting interest from Arsene Wenger's Arsenal. With an impressive five goals in 11 games for the national team too, Kakitani is Japan's secret weapon - which may help them get out of Group C.

Nicolas Lodeiro, Uruguay

Most England fans fear what Luis Suarez could do to them in Group D, but Uruguay have plenty of other attacking options to harm Roy Hodgson's side. One of them is Corinthians playmaker Lodeiro. The 25-year-old recently joined from Botafogo after a number of fine seasons with the Brazilian side, and whilst he failed to make an impact in Europe with Ajax, he still has superb technical ability.

Fernando Gago, Argentina

Argentina's hopes ultimately lie with the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, but for all their attacking play, they need to count upon players who will defend too. Boca Juniors star Gago may have made little impact with Real Madrid and Roma, but the 28-year-old will partner Javier Mascherano in midfield and will work as a box-to-box runner alongside the Barcelona star in a key role for Alejandro Sabella's men.

Asamoah Gyan, Ghana

A star of the last two World Cup tournaments, Gyan could make it a hat-trick this year. The former Sunderland man has scored a staggering 100 goals in just 89 games for UAE side Al Ain, and is still Ghana's main goalscoring threat - despite the emergence of Waris Majeed. With an outstanding record at international level, the 28-year-old will be Ghana's biggest hope of helping them get out of Group G.

Michael Bradley, USA

USA have very little expectation attached to them entering the World Cup, and with the omission of Landon Donovan, midfielder Bradley will be one of the key players for Jurgen Klinsmann's men. The former Roma star made a shock switch to Toronto in January in order to play regular first team football, but impressive displays at the World Cup could convince a European team to make a move for him.

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