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Arsenal’s Saka ruled out of England squad

Published on October 9, 2023
Written by Chris
Arsenal's Saka ruled out of England squad
  • Saka will not link up with Three Lions
  • Winger has been troubled with injury for weeks
  • Southgate puts player welfare first

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Bukayo Saka will not be joining the England squad for the upcoming international break. This comes as a result of an ongoing injury concern that has kept the talented winger out of action.

No timescale given for Saka absence

Saka’s absence was absent for Arsenal’s 1-0 triumph over Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, a match which was touted as a potential early title decider,prompting questions about his availability for England. The 22-year-old initially sustained the injury against Tottenham, and subsequent recurrences in clashes against Bournemouth in the league and RC Lens in the Champions League saw him ruled out of the City showdown and England’s friendly against Australia and their crucial Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy.

The exact duration of Saka’s sideline tenure remains uncertain. With a two-week respite before Arsenal faces Chelsea upon their return, there is a glimmer of hope that he might be back in contention for the highly anticipated London derby, provided his recovery progresses as expected.

England manager Gareth Southgate, in a statement last Thursday, emphasised that no 

unnecessary risks would be taken with Saka’s fitness.

“We’ve got that responsibility of qualifying for the country, but I’ve been a player. I’ve never ever taken a risk on a player’s physical wellbeing, and nor would I,” said Southgate.

“They [Premier League clubs] have trust in us that we make decisions that are right for the long term whenever we can.”

Betting Implications

While Saka’s absence will undoubtedly be felt both at club and national levels, prioritising his long-term well-being is a prudent decision. All eyes will be on how Arsenal and England adjust their tactics in the absence of his dynamic contributions. Bettors will have to decide how much Saka’s unavailability will affect England’s chances and, if he is to be out for a longer period of time, Arsenal’s.

At the time of writing Betfred make England favourites to beat Italy at Wembley, with current odds of 8/11, with Italy 4/1 and a draw 5/2.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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