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5 Arsenal Players Who Will Benefit from World Cup Action

James McNicholasFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2014

5 Arsenal Players Who Will Benefit from World Cup Action

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    Arsenal's season may be over, but Gunners fans will be looking forward to catching their idols in the World Cup.

    Several of the players will be looking forward to it as well.

    For the following five individuals, the World Cup represents a massive opportunity—a chance to rebuild a reputation, fulfil destiny or simply earn a move elsewhere.

Jack Wilshere

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    Jack Wilshere has been building toward this World Cup for years. During his 18 months on the sidelines, the hope of competing in Brazil kept him going.

    He was absolutely heartbroken to miss the European Championships in 2012. Now, he will finally take his place as the great young hope of the England midfield.

    It could be a transformative period for Wilshere, when he finally begins to deliver on his undoubted potential. 

Park Chu-Young

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    For Park Chu-Young, the World Cup represents a chance to rebuild a shattered reputation.

    The Korean striker will leave Arsenal this summer, and he will view the tournament as a significant shop window to prove he can still cut it at an elite level. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 2012/13 campaign has been ravaged by injury.

    After missing the first half of the season with a serious knee problem, he also ended up missing the FA Cup final due to a troublesome groin strain.

    Fit again, Oxlade-Chamberlain will hope to banish the pain of missing the FA Cup final by playing a full part in England's World Cup squad. 

Joel Campbell

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    After an impressive season on loan at Olympiakos, Joel Campbell will hope to use the World Cup as a platform to show he is ready to step up another gear next season.

    Whether or not that's with Arsenal remains to be seen. Campbell was granted a work permit last season, but Wenger still opted to send him out to Greece. The Costa Rican forward will hope a good showing in Brazil might be enough to convince Wenger to let him fight for his place in London during the 2014/15 season.

Mesut Ozil

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    At times, Mesut Ozil has endured a difficult first season in England. He has been harangued by the press and criticised by some sections of the fanbase. The expectation levels were sky-high, and he hasn't always lived up to them.

    At the World Cup, Ozil will enjoy the opportunity to play in the more familiar surroundings of the German national team. A good set of performances at the event would reaffirm his world-class credentials and send a warning to Premier League teams ahead of next season. 

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