Arsenal team news: Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and David Opsina in line to start
Arsenal have confirmed their Europa League squad, with wantaway forward Alexis Sanchez included as expected.
Arsene Wenger has submitted 42 names, with include 14 under the age of 21, for the six group games against BATE Borisov, Koln and Red Star Belgrade.
The Gunners, entering the competition at this stage for the first time in history, are widely expected to give youth prospects a chance to shine.
Sanchez, who was close to joining Manchester City on deadline day, will not be cup-tied for the Champions League should he depart the club in January for the Eithad Stadium or elsewhere.
Gazidis appointed to Uefa’s executive committee
Uefa rules state: “One player from the above quota of three [of new additions before knockout rounds] who has been fielded in a UEFA club competition group stage match for another club in the current season may exceptionally be registered, provided that the player has not been fielded: a. in the same competition for another club; or b. for another club that is currently in the same competition.”
The sole first-team squad member of note missing is Santi Cazorla, who was also omitted from the club’s Premier League squad as he continues his rehabilitation from injury.
David Ospina, Petr Cech, Deyan Iliev, Matt Macey, Ryan Huddart, Hugo Keto
Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Toljai Bola, Chiori Johnson, Tafari Moore
Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Krystian Bielik, Charlie Gilmour, Marcus McGuane, Reiss Nelson, Ben Sheaf
Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Chuba Akpom, Pelenda Da Silva, Aaron Eyoma, Edward Nketiah, Joseph Willock