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Arsenal can win England the 2018 World Cup

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That fateful day on 30th July 1966.

England ran out 4-2 winners against West Germany, beating the old enemy at Wembley to lift the World Cup.

But did England actually win the World Cup or was it indeed West Ham?

All four goals in the final were scored by West Ham players - Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst - whilst the inspirational England captain Bobby Moore also played for the Hammers.

Those key players led to the cult myth that West Ham, not England, won the World Cup and the same can happen again in 2018 when the World Cup goes to Russia.

Arsenal's young Englishmen look good - very good - and, if their development continues soundly over the next five years, we could see an England side littered with Gunners players come 2018. They may even be capable of inspiring the Three Lions to victory.

In defence we are likely to see two Arsenal players in the 2018 squad with Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs operating up and down the flanks in the full back positions. 

Jenkinson will be 26 years old whilst Gibbs will be hitting his peak at 28. Gibbs has been in fine form for Arsenal this season and, after overcoming constant injury issues, is finally showing potential.

He was called up to the England squad this week to replace Ashley Cole but, as he is younger than both Cole and Leighton Baines, he is likely to benefit from their upcoming retirements.

Jenkinson has someway to go before being considered for a regular England spot but only faces Kyle Walker as real competition for the place when he is ready.

The midfielder will likely contain an England and Arsenal captain in Jack Wilshere. 
The cult hero will be just 26 but, if he puts in several fantastic seasons for both club and country between now and then, he will likely be considered one of the finest talents in world football and can direct play from the heart of pitch.

With Wilshere operating as a creative hub, a potent attacking three will get plenty of service.

That attacking trio could be Arsenal players with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and the lesser known Chuba Akpom all potential starters for England in 2018.

Oxlade-Chamberlain will be 24 and will likely operate out wide on the left. His long-term future is thought to be in central midfield but a plethora of midfield talent at Arsenal means he'll have to wait until the latter parts of his career to fill that central spot alongside Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.

Walcott will be bang in the middle of his peak and, although still playing wide on the right, will provide experience and a lethal attacking threat for England in 2018.

The reason Walcott won't be up front for club and country is because of the emergence of England's new powerhouse No 9 Chuba Akpom.

The recently-turned 18 year old has been a revelation for Arsenal's under-21 side and has since made his Premier League and Champions League debut.

Looking mightily impressive during Arsenal's pre-season tour of Asia, the England under-19 international can be England's talisman up top, firing goals in from every angle and bulldozing any defender in his path.

Can't you see it now? England v Germany in the heart of Moscow on a damp evening.

Akpom becomes the second player in history to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final whilst Oxlade-Chamberlain seals off a sumptuous 4-2 victory.

England have won the World Cup for a second time - or have they?

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