In today’s roundup, we have news out of South America regarding the Copa America. With the tournament rules allowing international players to be called up from the 29th of May onwards, this could potentially mean that Arsenal could lose several key players ahead of the FA Cup final.
In other news, we have a few words from the manager explaining his decision to pick Mathieu Debuchy for the game against Reading. All this and more in today’s news roundup.
South American stars could be missing for FA Cup title defence
Arsenal trio Gabriel, Alexis Sanchez and David Ospina could miss the FA Cup final due to FIFA rules which state that international managers can call up their players for the Copa America tournament from May 29th.
Andrew Allen, deputy editor of arseblog, tweeted the FIFA regulation today…
Under FIFA regulations Gabriel, Ospina & Sanchez could be summoned for Copa America duty from 29 May – the day before FA Cup final.
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— Andrew Allen (@AAllenSport) April 20, 2015
Because there is no international tournament which affects Europe as a whole, coupled with the fact this campaign started late due to the World Cup, this season has been extended and many dates clash with preparations for the South American tournament.
Club managers will need the permission of their international counterparts should their players stay on to play in tournaments, so it looks like Wenger as a few calls to make.
Wenger defends decision to pick Debuchy ahead of Bellerin
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger surprised many by including Mathieu Debuchy from the beginning in our FA Cup semi-final victory over Reading in what was his first start since January after he suffered a dislocated shoulder.
According to the boss however, an ankle injury troubling Bellerin influenced him to hand the young Spaniard with a much needed break:
It was a bit risky.
Bellerin has played recently with some ankle problems and Debuchy was back so I thought it was a good moment to do it.
Debuchy had cramps just before the end of the game but I couldn’t change him, but he is a French international and must be capable of playing in a semi-final against Reading.
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