Arsenal have included all four of their senior summer signings in their Champions League squad for the competition’s group stages at the expense of several promising youngsters.
Mesut Özil, Emiliano Viviano, Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo will all be eligible for Arsenal’s six group stage games, whilst Nicklas Bendtner has also been included after the Danish striker failed to secure a move away from the club during the transfer window.
Abou Diaby, who is still sidelined through injury, and Ju-Young Park, who, it would appear, has no future at the club, have both been left out, as, rather surprisingly, has Serge Gnabry, despite the German winger being promoted to the first-team squad today.
Other youngsters to miss out on inclusion are Thomas Eisfeld, Deyan Iliev, Damian Martinez, Kristoffer Olsson and Leander Siemann, whilst Samuel Galindo, whose whereabouts are currently unknown, has also been omitted.
Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson and Emmanuel Frimpong continue to be classed as U21 players for this campaign, and are joined on that list by 13 members of the club’s U21 squad. Gedion Zelalem, who is not eligible for List B, is included on the senior list. All players currently on loan have also been left out.
Arsenal Champions League squad for 2013/14 group stages
1. Wojciech Szczęsny, 3. Bacary Sagna. 4. Per Mertesacker, 5. Thomas Vermaelen, 6. Laurent Koscielny, 7. Tomáš Rosický, 8. Mikel Arteta, 9. Lukas Podolski, 10. Jack Wilshere*, 11. Mesut Özil, 12. Olivier Giroud, 13. Emiliano Viviano, 14. Theo Walcott, 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain*, 16. Aaron Ramsey, 17. Nacho Monreal, 19. Santi Cazorla, 20. Mathieu Flamini, 21. Łukasz Fabiański, 22. Yaya Sanogo, 25. Carl Jenkinson*, 26. Emmanuel Frimpong*, 28. Kieran Gibbs, 31. Ryo, 36. Benik Afobe*, 37. Chuba Akpom*, 39. Zak Ansah*, 40. Hector Bellerin*, 41. Daniel Boateng*, 43. Zach Fagan*, 45. Isaac Hayden* 47. Jack Jebb*, 48. Anthony Jeffrey*, 49. Austin Lipman*, 52. Nicklas Bendtner, 54. Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill*, 56. Jon Toral*, 57. Nico Yennaris*, 58. Gedion Zelalem.
*= List B
Arsenal’s Premier League squad will also be announced later today.