Tracking Arsenal Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

Charlie MelmanCorrespondent IIJuly 4, 2014

Tracking Arsenal Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

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    Arsenal might not be playing at the moment, but many of the club's players still are.

    The club still have many players competing for their countries on football's biggest stage—so many, in fact, that it might be tough to track them all.

    That's why I'm here. The following are summaries of all the performances of Arsenal's players in the knockout stage of the World Cup.

Olivier Giroud

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    France vs. Nigeria

    Olivier Giroud got an unexpected starting berth in France's round-of-16 match against Nigeria, but replicated some of his most ineffectual performances for Arsenal.

    He saw very little of the ball and registered few chances of note. Most service went to Karim Benzema, who started as a lone striker against Germany.


    France vs. Germany

    Giroud was thrown on in the last few minutes of France's quarterfinal match with Germany, but had absolutely no positive impact. He miscued a few touches and failed to manufacture any chances.

Laurent Koscielny

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    France vs. Nigeria

    Didier Deschamps gave Laurent Koscielny a start alongside Raphael Varane as part of a general line-up shake-up against Nigeria.

    Most of the changes didn't really work, but Koscielny made very few mistakes—diligently and proactively pursuing loose balls and players' runs as he does for Arsenal.

    Yet Deschamps was, evidently, not sufficiently impressed to give Koscielny another start, as Mamadou Sakho took his place against Germany.


    France vs. Germany

    Koscielny was put in late for Mamadou Sakho, who had quite a poor game at center back. There was not much time for him to make an impact, though, as the French were entirely focused on pressing forward to save their World Cup hopes.


Mesut Ozil

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    Germany vs. Algeria

    Mesut Ozil was having a fairly average game in Germany's remarkably subpar performance against Algeria before his moment arrived in extra time.

    He had mostly been playing simple passes and taking easy touches all game, but he found himself in just the right place to bang in a goal to put Germany 2-0 up. It turned out that strike would be decisive, as the Algerians pulled one back in the dying moments of the game.


    France vs. Germany

    By his standards, Ozil played relatively poorly against France, failing to have an appreciable impact on Germany's attack before he was replaced by Mario Gotze late in the match.

    He kept play moving and utilized simple passes and feints quite often, but was bottled up by the French defense.

Per Mertesacker

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    Germany vs. Algeria

    Per Mertesacker started and starred in a German defense that had to work surprisingly hard against a dogged Algeria side.

    The back four was under considerable pressure throughout the game, but Mertesacker and the rest of the back line held their own very well until the dying moments, when they let in what turned out to be a consolation goal.

    He did not retain his place against France, though.

Joel Campbell

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    Costa Rica vs. Greece

    It might be difficult for Joel Campbell to regain his fitness for Costa Rica's quarterfinal match against the Netherlands, because he quite literally ran himself ragged against Greece.

    As Costa Rica's only option up front for most of the 120-minute match, Campbell worked extremely diligently to win loose balls and the many clearances that were booted up the pitch without direction.

    Though he could barely run by the end of the match, he coolly stepped up to take and make a penalty during the crucial shootout.