Arsenal have submitted their list of eligible players for their two-legged Champions League Play-Off Round tie against Besiktas, with Theo Walcott and goalkeeper David Ospina the most notable absentees.
Ospina, who was recently signed from Nice, is currently injured, meaning that Argentinian shot-stopper Damian Martinez will be on the bench for both fixtures against the Turkish side, with fourth-choice Matt Macey included in the squad in place of Ospina. The club’s other summer signings, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Alexis Sánchez, have all been included.
Walcott and Ryo Miyaichi have been omitted as they continue to recover from their respective injuries. Arsenal will be able to make changes to their squad ahead of the group stages should they progress that far.
Youngsters Tafari Moore, Glen Kamara, Josh Vickers, Ryan Huddart and Alex Iwobi have all been included in the squad for the first time, whilst Samuel Galindo, as expected, has been left out. Semi Ajayi, Dan Crowley, Deyan Iliev and Julio Pleguezuelo are not yet eligible for inclusion and all players currently on loan have been left out.
Arsenal’s Champions League squad:
1. Wojciech Szczęsny, 2. Mathieu Debuchy, 3. Kieran Gibbs, 4. Per Mertesacker, 6. Laurent Koscielny, 7. Tomáš Rosický, 8. Mikel Arteta, 9. Lukas Podolski, 10. Jack Wilshere, 11. Mesut Özil, 12. Olivier Giroud, 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain*, 16. Aaron Ramsey, 17. Alexis Sánchez, 18. Nacho Monreal, 19. Santi Cazorla, 20. Mathieu Flamini, 21. Calum Chambers, 22. Yaya Sanogo, 24. Abou Diaby, 27. Serge Gnabry*, 28. Joel Campbell, 34. Francis Coquelin, 35. Gedion Zelalem, 38. Chuba Akpom*, 39. Héctor Bellerín*, 42. Isaac Hayden*, 43. Ryan Huddart*, 45. Alex Iwobi*, 46. Jack Jebb*, 47. Glen Kamara*, 49. Matt Macey, 50. Damian Martinez, 51. Ignasi Miquel, 52. Tafari Moore*, 53. Kristoffer Olsson*, 54. Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill*, 56. Jon Toral*, 57. Josh Vickers*.
*- B list