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.
— 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 and in our case, Arsene Wenger will need to exercise his inner-diplomacy.
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One thing is for certain; international coaches will not want to upset their players and especially in the case of Alexis Sanchez, it would be difficult for the Chile manager to tell his star man that he will not feature in a major final for Arsenal.
Even the Champions League final is in June, which means Copa America managers may be unable to have appropriate preparatory time with their best players, with many top class South Americans likely to feature in big European club matches.