Two Arsenal players named in World Cup Qualifying TOTW, Arteta's never played one
It’s been a fairly successful international break for Arsenal, as Premier League football gets set to return from tomorrow.
Mikel Arteta would’ve been pleased to see Takehiro Tomiyasu play well for Japan, while Martin Ødegaard was also in top form.
In fact, the 22-year-old recorded an incredible 12 key passes against Gibraltar on Tuesday, as Norway won 5-1.
It was a performance which helped earn him a place in the World Cup Qualifying Team of the Week, along with a fellow Arsenal teammate.
Who is Karl Hein?
You may be wondering who Hein is, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that.
Mikel Arteta has never handed the 19-year-old an appearance for Arsenal, although Estonia seem to be obsessed with the teenager.
Hein has already racked up ten caps for Estonia, and delivered some impressive displays for his country over the international break.
You can see his and Ødegaard’s inclusion in the Team of the Week below.
🌍 | Team of the Week— SofaScore (@SofaScoreINT) September 9, 2021
Here's our highest-rated XI for the final UEFA #WCQ round of this international window! 👇
Norway's big 5:1 win over Gibraltar means they're the only side with more than one player in here, while Memphis Depay is our Player of the Week once again! 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/Jhe3ugN7RF
Karl Hein should take Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson’s place
Why did Arsenal sign Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson to act as a third-choice goalkeeper when Hein is showing such promise?
It’s not everyday we see an international team put so much faith in a 19-year-old goalkeeper, so Hein must have something special.
Rúnarsson is currently on loan at OH Leuven, although when he returns, he should now be considered fourth choice.
Hein isn’t going to leapfrog Bernd Leno or Aaron Ramsdale anytime soon, so all he can do is keep performing for Estonia to grab Arteta’s attention.
Surely, the precocious glovesman did just that over the international break.
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