It is, counter-intuitively, a good thing looking ahead to the start of the new season. Arsenal's sole representative going into the final five days is Danny Welbeck. He has played only 11 minutes for England so far -- the lowest of any outfield player in the squad -- and likely won't command a place in Arsenal's first XI at the start of the season.
By contrast, Mauricio Pochettino could almost field an entire first team of his players who are still engaged in World Cup competition: Hugo Lloris, Kieran Tripper, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Dele Alli and Harry Kane. All nine players will be in Russia until the end of the week, whatever the results of their various semifinals.
From then it will be four short weeks until Tottenham play their opening game of the season. All nine of those players will require a decent break after their mental and physical World Cup exertions and there is the small matter of a transfer window to squeeze in too, with the window closing on Aug. 9 this year in the Premier League. Kane has famously never scored a goal in August anyway, but Tottenham find themselves at risk of starting the season in slo-mo.
If Arsenal's low level of participation in the World Cup can be put down partially to chance, and partially to the fact that they are simply lacking in top-level players compared to their Premier League rivals, their transfer preparation cannot be attributed to luck. This is simply down to good business.
New signings Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have already been taking part in preseason training in London Colney, and Stephan Lichtsteiner isn't far behind. According to reports, a deal is set to be swiftly concluded for Lucas Torreira now that Uruguay have been knocked out, bringing Arsenal's senior dealings to an impressively early conclusion. This has not always been the case at Arsenal -- a club who have played their part in more than a few hectic transfer deadline days. But there will be no frantic scrambles this year.
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