Fabio Vieira and Nuno Tavares have been selected by Portugal for the upcoming Uefa Under-21 European Championships in Romania and Georgia.
Portugal face Georgia in the tournament opener next Wednesday before concluding their group with matches against the Netherlands and Belgium.
The knockout stages start on 1 July and the final is on 8 July. Should the Gunners duo make it that far, they, like Emile Smith Rowe, who has been called up by England, will likely miss the start of Arsenal’s pre-season preparations.
Vieira had a somewhat underwhelming debut season at Emirates Stadium. Signed out of the blue from Porto, Mikel Arteta was excited by the midfielder’s potential but he ended up making just three starts in the Premier League. He showed flashes of his talent in the Europa League but ended the season feeding off scraps in the closing stages of matches.
Playing for his country affords him an opportunity to build momentum heading into the new season although missing a chunk of our summer preparations (for a second successive year) isn’t ideal.
Tavares was a regular fixture in Marseille’s starting lineup during his recent loan spell.
Playing predominantly as a wing-back, he scored six goals in 39 appearances in total. His erratic performances, particularly in the second half of the campaign, mean a permanent transfer is unlikely.
Re-integration at Arsenal seems far-fetched so he could well be shipped out on loan again or sold, if we can find a buyer.