Giroud and Macey left out of Arsenal’s Champions League squad with Walcott reinstated

Arsenal have submitted their updated Champions League squad for the group stages and have made several changes from their previous list of eligible players. New signing Danny Welbeck is included along with Theo Walcott and David Ospina, who were left out of the last squad owing to injury.

However their inclusion means that some players had to be omitted, with Olivier Giroud, the French striker who is expected to be out through injury until the New Year, being left out on this occasion. Goalkeeper Matt Macey has also not been registered, with the same fate befalling Samuel Galindo. In addition, Semi Ajayi, Dan Crowley, Deyan Iliev and Julio Pleguezuelo have been left out as they are not yet eligible for the B-list, which requires players to have been registered with the club for two whole years.

Abou Diaby, Francis Coquelin and Gedion Zelalem are amongst those who have kept their place on the A-list.

Emmanuel Eboue, meanwhile, has been left out of Galatasaray’s squad, meaning the Ivory Coast international won’t be returning to Emirates Stadium when the two sides meet next month.

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, 13. David Ospina, 14. Theo Walcott, 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, 23. Danny Welbeck, 24. Abou Diaby, 26. Emiliano Martinez, 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*, 52. Tafari Moore*, 53. Kristoffer Olsson*, 54. Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill*, 57. Josh Vickers*.

*- B list




  1. Is Samuel Galindo still registered as an Arsenal player…?
    I thought his contract was up this summer and that he had left for good….

    1. I would love arsenal to actually do an article about what has happened with this player. In fact i think club’s should be made to report on issues regarding players like galindo, Botelho, park and others.

      It seems they are allowed just spend millions of supporters and sponsors money, yet just let those investments disappear free of charge.

      1. The idea with the young latin American players is that if they are really top players, full internationals and can get a work permit, then
        – their transfer value is already huge by that point
        – on top of that third party owners have got their hooks deep in and complicate the deals

        And on top of it all you still need to count on some acclimatization AFTER you spend a lot of money to get them in the door.

        So Arsenal clearly is speculating on buying young promising latin players early on in that 17-18 age range and then farming them out 3-4 years until they can get a work permit. At that point then a decision gets made as to whether they are keepers. That’s where Joe Campbell is at this point.

        Needless to say this is a numbers game and for every Joel Campbell you’re going to have 3-4-5 others than dont work out – and that’s if you are good at spotting the talent.

        This is a good policy actually. Had Arsenal actually been more agressive about this in prevous years, the likes of Di Maria might actually be an an Arsenal jersey right now.

        Park is a separate case. Mature player brought in for squad depth, but. Just didnt work out. Must one harp on this – the likes of Chelsea and Man City routinely have like 3-4-5 players of this sort, except they cost 2x-3x what Park cost in transfer fee – and double the salaries.

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