From Mbappe to Foden: Which World Cup quarter-finalists have the best wingers?
We've reached the quarter-final stage of the World Cup and certain tactical trends have emerged.
Indeed, Arsene Wenger, the legendary former Arsenal manager who now serves as FIFA's chief of Global Football Development, revealed at a press conference last week that the amount of goals scored from open-play crosses at Qatar 2022 is up a whopping 83 per cent from Russia 2018.
Consequently, the Frenchman believes that "the teams with the best wingers have a higher chance of winning the World Cup.
"Teams are now more compact and they protect the middle of the pitch more, so that's why we see more assists coming from the wingers and that's also why we see fewer long-distance shots."
The stats certainly seem to support this claim. For example, all four goals in Netherlands' 3-1 win over the USA in the last 16 came from open-play crosses.
Two of England's three goals in their 3-0 defeat of Senegal were also from cut-backs from wide areas.
But which of the remaining teams has the best wingers? GOAL breaks down all of the quarter-finalists below...