Arsenal trio dropped as France face Germany


Mesut Ozil will be the only Gunner to start Friday evening’s World Cup quarter-final showdown between France and Germany in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium.

Despite missing out on a starting berth Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny do all take a place on the bench for their respective countries.

Ozil, who scored the decisive second in his country’s extra-time victory over Algeria earlier in the week, looks set to start on the right of a rejigged German attack with Miroslav Klose restored to Joachim Loew’s starting line-up.

Per Mertesacker, who has featured in every game for Die Mannschaft up to now, is believed to be suffering from a cold and hasn’t been risked. Lukas Podolski missed the last game with a thigh problem but is fit enough to take a place on the sidelines.

Didier Deschamps has opted to start Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann instead of Olivier Giroud while Laurent Koscielny has been replaced by Mamadou Sakho. Arsenal target Mathieu Debuchy starts ahead of ex-Gunner Bacary Sagna.

France line-up

01 Lloris
02 Debuchy
03 Evra
06 Cabaye
04 Varane
05 Sakho
19 Pogba
14 Matuidi
10 Benzema
08 Valbuena
11 Griezmann

Substitutes: 07 Cabella, 09 Giroud, 12 Mavuba, 13 Mangala, 15 Sagna, 16 Ruffier, 17 Digne, 18 Sissoko, 20 Remy, 21 Koscielny, 22 Schneiderlin, 23 Landreau

Germany line-up

01 Neuer
16 Lahm
04 Höwedes
06 Khedira
05 Hummels
20 Boateng
07 Schweinsteiger
18 Kroos
11 Klose
08 Özil
13 Müller

Substitutes: 02 Großkreutz, 03 Ginter, 09 Schürrle, 10 Podolski, 12 Zieler, 14 Draxler, 15 Durm, 17 Mertesacker, 19 Götze, 22 Weidenfeller, 23 Kramer

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