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World Cup Wrap-up: Joy for Saka and Three Lions

Bukayo Saka

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

Take a look at the second edition, which sees two of our Gunners make their World Cup debut and our other players prepare for their opening games. 

Saka celebrates

Bukayo Saka celebrates his goal

Bukayo Saka made his World Cup debut for England by scoring a brace and picking up the Player of the Match award. 

When asked what it felt like he said "I can't describe the feeling. I am so happy and so proud. We got the win as well, so it is a really special day. "

"I feel in a good place. I feel the support and love from the fans, the coaching staff and my teammates. That is all I need. I feel ready to give 100% and I will continue to do that every time I put the shirt on."

Emile Smith Rowe was all of us when Bukayo bagged his second of the afternoon, sharing his reaction to the superb solo goal. 

Fellow Gunners Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White cheered on Saka and the Three Lions from the sidelines, as they were named on Gareth Southgate's substitutes bench. 

Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale pitchside

Turner in action

Matt Turner

Matt Turner also made his World Cup debut in a 1-1 draw with Wales last night. His spectacular save in the 64th minute proved crucial as Wales scored late on from the spot to deny a win for the USMNT.

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A few days before kick-off, Matt and the rest of the USMNT got a surprise phone call from President Joe Biden. After offering some warm words of encouragement, Biden even offered his services on the pitch, saying "Coach put me in, I'm ready to play."

Brazil bouncing

Gabriel Jesus in Brazil camp

It's been good vibes in the Brazil camp as both Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus have been singing and dancing with the rest of the team.

They have to wait until Thursday, November 24 for their first World Cup clash against Serbia at Lusail Stadium. 


Preparing for kick-off

William Saliba in training

For the rest of our Gunners, their World Cups have yet to officially start. William Saliba will kick off his World Cup campaign with France as they take on Australia at 7pm this evening, while Japan and Takehiro Tomiyasu face Germany on Wednesday at 1pm (UK time).

Granit Xhaka with Swiss coach, Murat Yakin

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey will both take to the field on Thursday, November 24 as Switzerland meet Cameroon and Ghana face Portugal. 

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