Arsenal players at the World Cup: Injuries, goals and other updates

Bukayo Saka of England (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Bukayo Saka of England (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) /

All you need to know about Arsenal players at the World Cup – Updated Daily.

Arsenal have 10 players travelling to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. This is a lot more than they are accustomed to as it is an impressive amount, one they can be proud of. However, it is a testament to the hard work the Gunners have put in this season, currently sitting top of the Premier League table.

But just how well are the Arsenal lads doing in Qatar? This post will provide daily updates on the competition from a North London perspective. Bookmark this page to check on your breaks at work, The Top Flight has your World Cup fix covered.

For a full list of Arsenal players playing at the FIFA World Cup 2022, click here.


Sat 3 Dec – Matt Turner plays full match as USA gets knocked out

Matt Turner has had a terrific tournament up until this point. Being one of the better goalkeepers on the world stage, Turner will now bid farewell to the competition after a good run with USA.


Fri 2 Dec – Partey plays full match as Ghana gets knocked out

I suppose you could consider this good news, Arsenal fans – Partey will be coming back to North London. His side put up a great fight in the competition but it was not enough.

Fri 2 Dec – Jesus plays 64 minutes, Martinelli plays full match as Brazil goes through

It was already confirmed in the second match, but Brazil will be playing in the round of 16. Arsenal duo Martinelli and Jesus were given the chance to impress, with the latter being subbed off after 64 minutes. But in truth, Brazil did not have their best game here.

Thu 1 Dec – Tomiyasu plays 22 minutes as Japan goes through

Courtesy of a dramatic deadline day, Tomiyasu will be playing in the knockout stages of the competition with Japan. He played 22 minutes to inspire his nation to victory.

Wed 30 Nov – William Saliba finally plays for France

William Saliba was rightly subbed on for Varane. The Arsenal and France defender got some valuable game time in the World Cup, where he will hope to play more in the knockout stages as France did well to top the group.

Wed 30 Nov – Ben White will be coming back to North London

It’s sad news for Ben White as it was today confirmed he will be flying back to North London after not playing any minutes for England. Still, the decision was a necessary one as he has been feeling unwell.

Tue 29 Nov – Arsenal duo benched, Ben White unwell for England

Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale were unused subs as England finished top of their group. Ben White was omitted from the squad due to feeling unwell.

Tue 29 Nov – Matt Turner plays full match as USA progress to the knockout stages

Matt Turner kept another clean sheet for USA as they won their must-win game against Iran. They will now play in the knockout stages of the group, with the Arsenal shot-stopper between the sticks.

Mon 28 Nov – Granit Xhaka plays full match for Switzerland

The captain Granit Xhaka would have been frutstrated to lose to Brazil but he was still Switzerland’s best players. A win is very much needed now against Serbia – A team which Xhaka would love to beat for personal reasons.

Mon 28 Nov – Thomas Partey plays full match for Ghana

Ghana got an impressive but well-worked win against South Korea. Thomas Partey played the entire match, dictating the midfield as he often does for Arsenal.

Sun 27 Nov – Takehiro Tomiyasu unused for Japan

Tomiyasu was unused for the entire match for Japan. In the deciding match against Spain, he will be hopeful to make an impact.

Sat 26 Nov – William Saliba unused again for France

For the second game in a row, Arsenal star defender William Saliba was unused for France. Despite being one of the more in-form defenders for his country, Didier Deschamps does not seem to be a fan.

Fri 25 Nov – Matt Turner keeps a clean sheet against Bukayo Saka’s England

USA’s number 1 Matt Turner put in a stellar performance against England. He kept a clean sheet but truth be told, Bukayo Saka and his teammates were not at their best for England. A disappointing performance for the 21-year-old but Turner will be patting himself on the back, and rightly so.

Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White were unused for England for a second game in a row.

Thu 24 Nov – Thomas Partey plays 90 minutes for Ghana

Thomas Partey was involved in one of the more entertaining matches of this completion so far – playing 90 minutes for his country, he will be dissatisfied to walk away with 3-2 loss against Portugal.

Thu 24 Nov – Gabriel Martinelli and Jesus come off the bench for Brazil

Gabriel Jesus came off the bench in the 79th minute, Martinelli came off the bench in the 87th minute. There were some bright runs from Martinelli and some key passes from Jesus but overall, it was not sufficient game time to analyse.

Thu 24 Nov – Granit Xhaka captains Switzerland in opening win

Granit Xhaka kicked off his World Cup campaign in fine fashion. He captained Switzerland as they impressively beat Cameroon 1-0 – a game which he played the entirety. He played in a box-to-box role, unsurprisingly, and as one of the better players on the pitch.

Wed 23 Nov – Takehiro Tomiyasu comes on as Japan upset Germany

Japan completed the second upset of the tournament by forging a second-half comeback against Germany. Arsenal star Tomiyasu came from the bench at the start of the second half and put in a good shift.

Tue 22 Nov – William Saliba unused against Australia

William Saliba was an unused substitute for France as they beat Australia comfortably in the end.

Mon 21 Nov – Matt Turner plays 90 minutes as USA draw with Wales

USA faced their most even contest of the group stage against Wales. Matt Turner played all 90 minutes of the match and was close to picking up a clean sheet. The goal he conceded was a Gareth Bale penalty. A good performance from USA’s number 1.

Mon 21 Nov – Bukayo Saka scores brace as England thrash Iran

England kicked off their group stage campaign against Iran on Monday. It was the first Arsenal feature and Saka did not disappoint – he scored two goals before being substituted off as Southgate made wholesale changes in the second half.

That’s two goals in the competition now for the 21-year-old.