The World Cup is every player’s dream, and no wonder a player like Nasri reacted angrily when the news of his omission from the French team was broken in the media yesterday. For players like Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal who were also omitted by England and Spain, this is not the time to get mad at their respective countries.
Monreal suffered a dip in form this past season, and this could be linked with the number of injuries he sustained. The Spanish team as you all know is one of the most competitive in Europe, and a player probably needs more than regular club football to earn a call up. Monreal missed a lot of matches during the season either due to injuries or the fact that the boss rightly preferred Kieran Gibbs in the starting lineup.
Gibbs on the other hand played a lot of games except for a couple of times when injuries didn’t allow him to feature for the first team. His performances for Arsenal on the left back position have been quite amazing to say the least; and one wonders what a player of his class needs to do to convince Roy Hodgson that he deserves a place in the English national team.
However, both players should see their omissions from this year’s World Cup in Brazil as an opportunity to come back stronger. Besides getting the needed rests, both players now have better opportunities to access those areas that need massive improvements in their games. Gibb’s omission for instance has nothing to do with his quality, but more to do with the stiff competition on the left back position. Perhaps, he needs to work more on his physical fitness and find out from his personal trainer how to stay fit all through the season.
While the players are likely to feel bad about not being able to make the cut to this year’s World Cup, the same cannot be said for Arsenal who could welcome two players who have had enough rest and probably return fresh for the pre-season.