World Cup 2022: Arsene Wenger Predicts Country That Will Win Qatar Tournament

World Cup 2022: Arsene Wenger Predicts Country That Will Win Qatar Tournament

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:17 PM
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  • Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed France to successfully defend their 2018 World Cup crown in Qatar
  • Despite Les Bleus heading into the tournament with key players ruled out through injury, Wenger contends the team has what it takes to win the trophy
  • Didier Deschamps' France are in Group D of the tournament in the Middle East, alongside Australia, Denmark and Tunisia

Legendary Premier League manager Arsene Wenger has made his prediction for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Thirty-two teams from around the world are taking part in the 2022 edition of the global football extravaganza.

Brazil, Germany, Spain, France and England are among the world's football heavyweights backed to cart home the prestigious trophy.

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Arsene Wenger is pictured prior to the FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar. Photo by Clive Brunskill.
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While Argentina have widely been backed as firm favourites to emerge champions, Wenger contends France are the team to beat.

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Despite Les Bleus missing the services of key players through injury, the former Arsenal boss believes this could be a blessing in disguise for the reigning world football champions.

"My number one favourite is France, not because I’m French by birth, but because this Equipe Tricolore has the best attack," Wenger told Wettabis, when asked to name the team with the best chance to win the tournament.

Wenger added that if coach Didier Deschamps managed to ensure stability in the defence, the reigning world champion would have a great change to defend the title it won in Russia four years ago.

France are in Group D of the 2022 World Cup and have been pooled alongside Australia, Denmark and Tunisia.

Deschamps' men are set to kick off their title defence with a clash against Australia on Tuesday night, November 22, at the Al Janoub Stadium.

Deschamps rates France's chances

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on France boss Didier Deschamps rating his side's chances at the World Cup, following injuries to key players.

The reigning champions are without the midfield duo of Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante, while RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku is also out of the tournament.

However, Deschamps has expressed confidence that Les Bleus will cope despite being hit by a recent string of injuries.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.