Arsenal’s continued problems with injuries meant that several of the youngsters who were involved against Galatasaray in midweek continued to train with the first-team today.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Stefan O’Connor made their senior debuts against the Turkish side and could make the bench for tomorrow evening’s fixture against Newcastle United. Gedion Zelalem also trained.
Semi Ajayi, who is ineligible for the Champions League, was also present, along with Isaac Hayden, who has now fully recovered from injury. The U21 pair could provide some much needed cover in defence with Calum Chambers suspended and Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal injured.
Intriguingly Francis Coquelin was also present at the training session, despite the Frenchman’s loan deal at Charlton Atheltic recently being extended until the end of December. It appears that Arsenal may have opted to re-call Coquelin given his ability to play in various positions in defence and midfield.
Mathieu Debuchy should be able to feature against his former club after coming through the training session unscathed.
However, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal, David Ospina, Serge Gnabry, Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil are all unavailable for tomorrow’s game. Tomas Rosicky is also doubtful.
Subs: Martinez, Ajayi, Maitland-Niles, Zelalem, Podolski, Campbell, Sanogo.