Report: International manager set to completely ignore Arteta and call up Arsenal player to his squad
According to Sky Sports, Bukayo Saka will be called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate for their Nations League games despite Mikel Arteta’s plea to give him a break.
The upcoming international games are the penultimate ones before the World Cup in Qatar later this year. Saka is almost a guaranteed name in the squad for the biggest competition in football at the end of 2022, but Arteta really wanted Southgate to give him a break now.
“He needs a break, that is for sure. He has played a lot of minutes this season and he played a lot of minutes last season. You expect your important players to do so, to have that ability and show the quality that Bukayo has shown consistently throughout the season,” Arteta told The Evening Standard just a few days ago.
“But obviously, you have to bear in mind that at some stage he needs to rest. That is something we really need to think about, the plans for him in the summer. We are going to do that (speak to England boss Southgate).”
Southgate to ignore Arteta and call up Bukayo Saka to England squad
The Three Lions’ squad is set to be announced this afternoon and all eyes will be on Southgate as he reveals the players he has chosen for England’s games against Hungary, Italy and Germany.
Arsenal fans have been hoping that Saka gets a break after what has been a truly hectic season for the youngster, but it looks like Southgate has no interest in listening to Arteta or the Gunners supporters.
The report claims that Saka will definitely be called up to the England squad by Southgate for the upcoming Nations League games.
Arteta’s pleas seem to have fallen on deaf ears and we can’t imagine that the Arsenal boss will be too happy about this.
Saka really does need a break
Saka has had a long, hard season at Arsenal.
Yes, the Gunners weren’t in any European competition and mostly played once a week, but for a 20-year-old to play more than any other player in the squad is just a bit too much.
The young Englishman played every single one of Arsenal’s 38 games in the Premier League. He’s the only player at the club to do so, and Arteta’s right to ask Southgate to give him a breather.
However, it looks like that’s not going to happen, which is a big risk and may prove to be a huge mistake in a few weeks’ time.
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