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Opinion: 17-goal Arsenal man looks likeliest to miss out on Euro 2020 squad, Arteta quietly pleased

With England’s provisional squad for Euro 2020 having been announced, Mikel Arteta may well be licking his lips.

Bukayo Saka was announced as part of the 33-man party that will be reduced to just 26 by June the 1st, however, with a staggering seven players needing to be left out, there is a chance the 19-year-old gets a well-earned rest this summer.

It will be music to the ears of Arteta, who has watched the youngster play week in week out since the start of the campaign racking up the most minutes of any Arsenal outfield player.

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However, with England packed to the rafters with talent across all three areas of the pitch, Saka’s inclusion is not yet guaranteed.

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One ‘keeper is going to drop out to leave Southgate with just three options.

One out.

Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate has shown a keenness in playing a three-man back line with wingbacks, meaning there’s a likeliness the defensive area of the squad is packed.

Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings have been in the previous Three Lions squads and are likely to be retained with Ben Godfrey, Ben White and Reece James the likely withdrawals.

Four out.

Meanwhile, out of the seven options in midfield, James Ward-Prowse has endured the worst end to the term and is in danger of missing out altogether.

Five out.

However, there is a raft of talent up front, with a good few of the players enjoying better seasons than the 17-goal man.

Greenwood is a natural finisher and after ending the season well with Manchester United, could be in ahead of the Hale End academy product.

Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish are all ahead of Saka in the pecking order if previous squads and form is anything to go by.

That leaves Ollie Watkins and Saka as the two remaining players to potentially miss out on making the European Championships.

Seven out.

He has enjoyed a fairly good season in north London, but, unfortunately for the young star, there are a fair few options ahead of him in the pecking order, not that Arteta would mind at all after a arduous season for the 19-year-old.

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