Gunners Striker Misses World Cup Glory

The World Cup is a purely international event and one for which most club loyalists in most countries will put rivalry aside and embrace their respective national sides.
Granted, club play does show up from time to time. Spain fired its manager days before the Cup because he took up the Real Madrid job (following Zinedine Zidane’s shock retirement) and the Spanish squad – split fairly evenly between Barcelona and Real Madrid standouts – wasn’t on board with it. More recently, Antoine Griezmann got some attention for choosing not to celebrate a goal, which he explained was because of respect for Uruguayan football and because he was playing against friends, some of whom are from his club career.
This is to say that club loyalties do play a role in how we consume the World Cup, even if national s...

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