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World Cup Wrap-Up: Friends reunite and injury news

Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Jesus

Throughout the tournament, we'll be keeping you up to date on what our Gunners have been getting up to with our World Cup Wrap-Ups.

In our fourth edition, we see opponents briefly put friendships to one side, and some good and bad selection news for our stars in Qatar.

Academy reunited

On Friday evening, two former Hale End teammates faced off in the England v USA match, and Bukayo Saka and Yunus Musah swapped shirts after the game and they posed for a picture in the dressing room.

Musah uploaded the picture to Instagram captioned: "It’s been years since the days at Hale End but I’m so grateful to have crossed paths again on football's biggest stage."

Bukayo Saka and Yunus Musah

White misses training

Ahead of England's clash against Wales this evening, Ben White is a doubt after he missed yesterday's training through illness. 

The news was confirmed by the Three Lions' social media team, although that means that Saka and Aaron Ramsdale should be available for selection for the first-ever meeting between two British sides at a World Cup finals.


Delight and despair

Monday night saw Brazil secure a spot in the last-16 of the tournament after they beat Switzerland 1-0 thanks to Casemiro's goal.

It meant it was celebration time for Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli, with the former taking to Twitter to mark the achievement.

Meanwhile, before the match, Granit Xhaka joked with the media that he would "smash" the duo if they were one vs one with the keeper, but post-match he showed it's all love again after sharing a handshake with Jesus.

Granit Xhaka's Instagram post

Thomas and friends

Thomas Partey in training with Ghana

Thomas Partey has revealed that the messages have continued to fly between our players representing their nations at the tournament, and there is one in particular he has been impressed by.

“I have been in touch with a few [teammates] - everyone is busy with their country and we know you cannot always be talking, because you have your schedule and your time to train,” he said to London World.

“Everybody needs their peace of mind. I wish them all the best, they know I support them fully, and they also support me - that’s how we are.

“We know Bukayo is doing very good, that’s what he does best - we all know what he can do so I’m not surprised.”

Tomiyasu hopeful of return

Takehiro Tomiyasu in a press conference

After missing out on Japan's 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica, Takehiro Tomiyasu is eyeing a return ahead of the Spain clash on Thursday.

"During the Germany game, I felt uncomfortable as soon as I entered," he said, as per Gekisaka. "After the game, I took care of it [the hamstring] and it was also examined at the hospital.

"It wasn't that bad. The rest is the feeling, I don't think it's a problem. Realistically, I'm going to aim to return for the last match of the group."

World Cup William?

William Saliba at a pre-World Cup photoshoot

According to L'Equipe, William Saliba could be in line for his first outing of the tournament in France's final group game against Tunisia on Wednesday.

Les Bleus have cruised through to the knockout stages and look virtually assured of taking top spot, which means Didier Deschamps is debating rotating his side ahead of the last-16, which could see our defender make his World Cup bow.

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