Monreal in, Bellerin out as Spain confirm World Cup squad

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Nacho Monreal has been included in Spain’s World Cup squad ahead of this summer’s tournament in Russia.

The left-back, who recently came second in Arsenal’s Player of the Season vote, has been rewarded for his consistently good performances over the last 18 months.

Great news for Nacho, who should add to his 21 caps, however, it’s bad news for Hector Bellerin who has missed out.

Bellerin, 23, made the cut two years ago for Euro 2016 but has been overlooked this time in favour of Real Sociedad’s Alvaro Odriozola and Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal.

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Full Spain squad

Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Saul, Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Andres Iniesta, David Silva

Forwards: Isco, Sergio Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Iago Aspas, Rodrigo, Elephant Man

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As far as we can tell, only seven Arsenal players will be in Russia this summer.

In addition to Nacho, David Ospina will play for Colombia, midfield trio Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny will feature for Germany, Switzerland and Egypt respectively, while Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck have been given the nod by Nigeria and England.

We’re guessing here, but that could well be the fewest players we’ve had a major tournament in quite some time.

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89 was fine
89 was fine

Not surprised with Bellerin but congratulations and good luck to Nacho. Looks like we’ll be having quite a fresh squad come next season.

'Murica
'Murica

Bellerin just hasn’t been good or consistent enough lately. Nacho has a great year and he deserves it

Rob67
Rob67

This…is ‘Too darned hot’….

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Saul, Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Andres Iniesta, David Silva

antgoon
antgoon

Nacho is one of a few players in our current squad who deserves to wear the shirt. This is a big testament to Nacho considering the amount of talent for Spain to pick from.

Mark
Mark

Could be a big boost for us early in the year to have so few in the WC this Summer. Tough for Bellerin I know, but certainly wasn’t because he doesn’t play as he played plenty, but just didn’t show enough. Congrats to Nacho, well deserved for him.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Tough for Bellerin, really ? He already admitted there was high probability he wouldn’t go. Will be into fashion over the summer.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

You know, there’s nothing wrong with fashion? It’s not like he’s thinking of selecting his wardrobe while on the pitch, and every sane human needs some kind of leisure activity. He’s also a smart and humble kid, and there’s no need to try to paint him like some kind of miscreant.

He’s young and developing, and was given no favors by the team formation last season. Don’t be rude to the players for no reason…

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

8 players, Joel Campbell’s in the Costa Rica squad and potentially 9 with Asano’s in Japan’s squad for their upcoming friendlies.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

You’re trying hard to up the count there. Let me help you: Giroud spent half of the season with us and that counts half.

Giddygun
Giddygun

If they participate, Asano and Campbell will be recorded as Arsenal players.

goonerang
goonerang

Spain and France’s respective “dropped” elevens can give a lot of teams a run for their money.

bystander
bystander

So often we struggle in World Cup years; this time we need to take advantage of how few players we’re sending to Russia, including just three regular starters (Nacho, Xhaka, Ozil).
Even with the WC-bound players returning late, most of the squad can have a full pre-season, and we can start the new season with a very decent first XI (not including new arrivals) of Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Kolasinac, AMN, Ramsey, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Hope new arrivals have been at the World Cup cause if you’re not good enough for your country, you can’t improve Arsenal. Exception is Laca of course. Have I missed a right back, cough, cough ?

Lettra
Lettra

Spain went huge on Nacho’s

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Elephant man! ? Huge diss to the musician!

1993
1993

Apparently I’m not allowed to like this comment ?

Ramsey's New Contract
Ramsey's New Contract

Nacho’s in, Marcos Alonso’s out hahahhahaha

Martin
Martin

Why is it so funny. Totally different positions.

Johnny T
Johnny T

It’s funny because Marco Alonso plays for Blue sc*m.

Traktor
Traktor

I would like to see the confusion when coach will say Nacho Monreal, you playing!

chuqu
chuqu

More surprising that we have no single Arsenal player in that French squad. Must be the first time in decades.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

In think 1996 was the last time, end of an era…

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

We will see less players from France from now on as the Wenger connection isn’t there for us anymore.

Martin
Martin

Not if Emery becomes new manager

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squiggle

Giroud still counts. (・`ω´・ ●)

Luigi Ravioli
Luigi Ravioli

Bloody massively looking forward to the World Cup. Hopefully top class footy, and I couldn’t give a shit who wins or loses, so stress free. Bring it.

A Different George
A Different George

Joel Campbell for Costa Rico. It’s really strange not to have an Arsenal player in the France squad–Koscielny injured, Giroud gone, Lacazette not chosen.

Glenn Sheasby
Glenn Sheasby

AFC players in world cups (source: Wikipedia)

2014: 10
2010: 12
2006: 15 (most of all clubs)
2002: 11
1998: 7
1994: 1 (McGoldrick)

Tim
Tim

This pretty much correlates with the quality of the team over that period.

Non Flying dutchman
Non Flying dutchman

not really… 94 we won the cup winners cup, but had a mostly English squad and they were not at the World Cup.

98 and 02 were both double winning sides, but the figure for each falls short of that for 2010 when we doing nothing much in any competition.

You’ve got to take into account what team they are playing for in the World cup. Only Nacho and Ozil are playing in sides which might win this competition – our ’98 players were crucial to France winning the thing

David Curran
David Curran

Spain, Brazil and Germany could have 2 teams in this tournament…wow!

France – I still feel they will implode somehow. Pogba will start arguing with everyone and they will down tools or something. Evra will come back to karate kick the coach or something, haha.

Belgium – Hazard will find out he doesn’t get paid for the World Cup and stop trying.

BillyBatts
BillyBatts

It’s Marco Asensio (not Sergio).

Dino
Dino

He lost the opportunity to compete for a starting spot in the Spain team with his poor form.. but losing his place altogether was a surprise. I though he would get into the team for his pure athleticism. Also I though he is their future RB.. Would this disappointment make him transfer for a better defensive team that does not expose him a lot?

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

The guy was once selected for a competition due to injuries to others and to reward a young player who was surging. He’s never been a regular in the team really.

goon
goon

their way to convince Bellerin he needs to move back to Spain to get a national team spot?

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

Disappointed for Hector and, possibly unpopularly, for Cesc.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

They may regret letting Cesc behind. He has been good for them since age 17. I think a player like him is in your starting eleven or shouldn’t be in the team at all. Wouldn’t be happy on the bench.

Ckot
Ckot

Didn’t Cesc come on as a sub and make the assist to win the final in 2010?

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Was watching the Europa final and was really impressed with the Marseille right back. Forgot his name and it was only one game but technically so much better than Bellerin. I just wonder if Bellerin can improve more. Not the worst right back we have but also not that good. A good summer break would help him.

Munreal
Munreal

His name is Bouna Sarr and yes, he’s had a very decent season for Marseille.

Evang. Simon
Evang. Simon

Nacho and Monreal deserves 2 lot..

Outstanding season

Mr Consistent

TeddyT
TeddyT

Blogs,

What going on with the up likes and down likes?

It doesn’t let up vote or down vote any comments

Dreadest
Dreadest

Good call I reckon. Hector hasn’t exactly been on fire this season. Not all his fault of course… but facts is facts.

The Swede
The Swede

Gabon and Armenia is not good enough for the world cup but Auba and Mkitharyan certainly is. Kos is injured aswell. Could have been 10.

Arsene's Micki
Arsene's Micki

Blessing in disguise. We’ll have a fairly rested squad and a good preseason. I hope they sort out the manager issue early so as to give him enough time to make the necessary additions/offloads in good time for preseason.

Arsene's Micki
Arsene's Micki

I’m not allowed to vote. Why Bloggs? ?

EmanAFC
EmanAFC

I almost googled who this Spaniard Elephant Man was haha

It’s me!
It’s me!

Are people having trouble thumbing up or down? Just says I’m not allowed to vote for this comment. Maybe because I’m a bit of a tool. I don’t know…

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

I read a report that claims that the recently sacked PSG boss!!! He recently won the treble with PSG and did rather well at Sevilla!!! Kinda makes more sense to bring in someone with experience but we will see!!!

Groundhog Club
Groundhog Club

Elephant man – made me laugh more than it probably should have. Cheers Blogs ! ??

santori
santori

As I said, anyone who thinks we still have plenty of allure needs to get their heads checked.

At the world cup, we hardly have any of the shining stars of the present or future.

Bellerin could have been one but off of a disappointing season ( in part due to the system we play) he has been left out. Nacho will be back up only.

Maybe Granit who has improved over second half of season will put in a performance for the Swiss or Iwobi for Nigeria (he is still relatively young and will improve)

Even Ozil is hardly top billing for Germany these days. PEA maybe the only top class player in our squad not at the world cup but even him, I’m not sure I’d rate him in the top 5 strikers at the moment.

We are in dire need of reinvention and a bit of technical super quality.

Arteta will be a mistake if we want to attract the ready made top end talent( which we should). Considering we are outside top 4 (Fergie left United as champions), it is understandable that it is not as attractive as some fans may imagine to manage Arsenal if you were a top manager already into CL 2019 (simeone, Allegri)

So the clueless board are now looking at also rans. Did they not have time to prepare for this inevitable situation?

santori
santori

With regards potential manager, again I am not sure what the benefit of an inexperienced manager is to us other than lowest expectations and ability to control him at expense of a balancing voice to counter weight against the potential excesses of Mslintat/Sanheli doing business at expediency to contacts rather than to squad balance.

Again, Laurent Blanc is still available.

He is only 52yrs.

He’s won with frugal Bordeaux (with Chamakh), then took over a difficult period at Les Bleus in wake of Domenech and finally delivered at PSG managing expectations.

His win rate never fell below an average of 59.6%.

The other manager I think we should consider is Emery.

He has delivered 3 consecutive Europas with Sevilla, and been fairly consistent pushing Valencia back into CL before. Although he lost out to Monaco, he delivered for PSG this season.

And he’s Basque. If anything, he can take Arteta under his wings and continue he’s education but frankly, Arteta needs to go out and get some experience at a club before he comes into Arsenal.

We are taking a massive risk otherwise and things can get much worse.

John
John

Will Bernd Leno count if we sign him before the start of the tournament?

Munreal
Munreal

Please make this happen!

mrnkrm
mrnkrm

dang. we got Nacho AND Monreal in that team?

The Question
The Question

looking at the quality of strikers they have, they should be going for a false 9 with isco?
anyway, when was the last time we had so little representation at a major international tournament? I dont have the numbers, but i would think we’d have like 10-15 players on international

Darren
Darren

I think Jack should have gone; England are going to miss him.

KongoKim
KongoKim

Gutted! i dont know Odriozola but i hate him!