Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden will be part of the matchday squad for tomorrow’s Champions League encounter away to Marseille.
Akpom made his Premier League debut against Sunderland on Saturday after impressing for the first-team during pre-season, whilst Hayden has trained with the senior side on several occasions already this campaign and was a late substitute in the final friendly against Manchester City in August.
The Hale End products were amongst five members of the U21 squad who trained with the first-team this morning, along with Thomas Eisfeld, Kristoffer Olsson and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill.
The latter pair, however, will instead be part of the Arsenal U19’s Youth Champions League encounter against the same opponents, for which schoolboys Kaylen Hinds, Chris Willock and George Dobson have also been called up.
As far as the first-team is concerned, Emmanuel Frimpong has been left at home, whilst Serge Gnabry is not eligible to participate in the Champions League having been left off the squad list, but the German winger could still feature for the U19 side. Olivier Giroud made the trip despite his participation being doubtful due to injury.
Eight first-team players are currently sidelined, with Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky, Gedion Zelalem and Santi Cazorla all absent, whilst Emiliano Viviano, Nicklas Bendtner and Ju-Young Park have remained in England.
As well as Hayden, Akpom and Zelalem, the U19’s will also be without Jon Toral through injury, but can call upon the likes of Jack Jebb, Hector Bellerin and Austin Lipman. The Youth League fixture will take place tomorrow afternoon prior to the Champions League game in the evening.
Arsenal first-team squad for Marseille fixture: Wojciech Szczesny, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski, Isaac Hayden, Ryo, Nacho Monreal, Carl Jenkinson, Thomas Vermaelen, Chuba Akpom.
Possible U19 team to face Marseille:
subs: Huddart, Moore, Uade, Maitland-Niles, Dobson, Willock, Hinds.