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How the expanded Euro 2024 could affect Arsenal

Eleven Arsenal players are expected to represent their countries at the Euro 2024, which could become a problem for the club

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Euro 2024 is set to witness an expanded squad size, granting opportunities to fringe players across national teams. UEFA’s recent announcement confirms that squads will consist of 26 players, with a June 7th deadline for teams to finalise a minimum of 23 contenders.

According to a report by Sky Sports News, UEFA’s decision mandates a deadline of June 7th for teams to finalise their squads, requiring a minimum of 23 players. England, among other nations, had advocated for an increase in squad size from 23 to 26, a plea that has been granted, much to the delight of national team managers like Gareth Southgate.

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The expansion offers Southgate the flexibility to include additional players in his roster, potentially reshaping the dynamics of England’s campaign. For Arsenal, this alteration opens doors for several players to vie for spots in their respective national teams.

In Group A, the likes of Kai Havertz and Kieran Tierney are poised for starring roles for Germany and Scotland, respectively, pending Tierney’s recovery from injury. Meanwhile, Group B sees David Raya in contention for a call-up to Spain’s squad, while Jorginho is expected to feature prominently for Italy.

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Group C presents a strong contingent of Arsenal representatives for England, including Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka, and Declan Rice, all likely starters. However, the expanded squads could offer opportunities for fringe players like Eddie Nketiah, Ben White, Emile Smith Rowe, and Reiss Nelson to make unexpected appearances.

Across the tournament’s other groups, Arsenal’s international prospects vary, with players like William Saliba and Jakub Kiwior expected to feature for France and Poland, respectively. Oleksandr Zinchenko and Leandro Trossard are set to play important roles for Ukraine and Belgium.

Despite the eligibility of players like Jurrien Timber, Albert Sambi Lokonga, and others, their inclusion remains uncertain due to factors like fitness, recent injuries, and lack of international experience.

In an overarching prediction, it’s expected that around 11 Arsenal players will grace the fields of Euro 2024, with potential fluctuations based on evolving injury scenarios.

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