World Cup Wrap-Up: Friends reunite and injury news | Feature | News

Throughout the tournament, we’ll keep you updated on what our Gunners have been up to with our World Cup finals.

In the fourth edition, we see opponents momentarily put friendship to one side and good and bad selection news for our stars in Qatar.

The Academy reunited

Two former Hale End team-mates clashed in the England v USA match on Friday night, with Bukayo Saka and Yunus Musah swapping shirts and posing for pictures in the dressing room after the game.

Musah uploaded the photo to Instagram with the caption: “It’s been a year since my days at the Hale End but I’m so grateful to be back on football’s biggest stage.”

White skips training

Ben White is a doubt for England’s clash with Wales tonight after missing yesterday’s training due to illness.

The news has been confirmed by the Three Lions’ social media team, although it means Saka and Aaron Ramsdale are expected to be selected for the first meeting between the two Britons at a World Cup final.

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Joy and despair

Brazil booked their place in the last 16 of the tournament on Monday night after beating Switzerland 1-0 thanks to a goal from Casemiro.

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

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka joked to the media before the game that he would “smash” the duo if they were one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but after the game he showed again that it’s all about love as he shared a handshake with Jesus.

Tom and friends

Thomas Partey revealed that reports have continued to circulate among our players representing their nations at the tournament and there is one that has particularly impressed him.

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“I communicated with several [teammates] “Everyone is busy with their country and we know you can’t always talk because you have your schedule and time to train,” he told the London World.

“Everyone needs peace. I wish them all the best, they know I have their full support and they support me, that’s who we are.

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

Tomiyasu hopes to return

After Japan’s 1-0 loss to Costa Rica, Takehiro Tomiyasu is eyeing a return ahead of Thursday’s match against Spain.

“During the Germany game, I felt uncomfortable as soon as I stepped on,” he said, according to Gekisaka. “I took care of it after the game [the hamstring] and he was also examined at the hospital.

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“It wasn’t that bad. The rest is feeling, I don’t think it’s a problem. Realistically, I’ll be looking to come back for the last group game.”

World Cup William?

According to L’Equipe, William Saliba could make his first competitive appearance in the final group game against Tunisia on Wednesday.

Les Bleus have qualified for the knockout stages and look almost assured of a top spot, meaning Didier Deschamps is discussing his squad ahead of the round of 16, which could see our defender bow out at the World Cup.

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