With just over a week to go until the Europa League final, anticipation is building as Arsenal prepare to take on rivals Chelsea in Azerbaijan.
Arsenal are continuing to train at London Colney this week and will face Austrian side LASK Linz in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Thursday prior to flying out to Baku on Saturday.
It will be intriguing to see the squad that Unai Emery names for the fixture, especially as clubs are now permitted to name 12 substitutes in the final.
Given that this is the first time that Arsenal will have been allowed to name 12 substitutes for a competitive fixture, it remains to be seen whether they will exercise this option, but if they do then several youngsters could make the bench.
Here’s a look at what Arsenal’s squad could be for the final.
First of all, regarding absentees, it has been confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan won’t travel over safety fears.
In addition, Aaron Ramsey, Denis Suarez, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are all set to miss the final due to injury. Konstantinos Mavropanos is not registered in Arsenal’s Europa League squad.
There are a host of players who seem certain to be included, with: Petr Cech, Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Alex Iwobi, Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all set to be included, fitness permitting.
That means 15 of the 23 places in the squad will have been used. Stephan Lichtsteiner, Carl Jenkinson and Mohamed Elneny could also be included, along with Danny Welbeck, who is back from injury and has impressed in training.
The final four spots could then go to some of the youngsters who have been training with the first-team squad – Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Xavier Amaechi.
Goalkeeper Deyan Iliev could also travel with the squad to Baku for training but may not be named on the bench.
The following youngsters are also eligible to represent Arsenal in the Europa League but have already finished for the season and are either on holiday or on international duty: Arthur Okonkwo, Daniel Ballard, Tolaji Bola, Zech Medley, Joseph Olowu, Tobi Omole, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Julio Pleguezuelo, Dominic Thompson, Robbie Burton, Charlie Gilmour, Ben Sheaf, Nathan Tormey, Harry Clarke, Trae Coyle and Tyreece John-Jules.
Cohen Bramall isn’t included in Arsenal’s Europa League squad, with fellow young professionals Jordan McEneff, Matt Smith, Folarin Balogun, James Olayinka, Mark McGuinness, Zak Swanson and Karl Hein also not registered.
If Arsenal win the final then they will receive 40 medals for players and staff, meaning that some of the more prominent youngsters could get medals.
With all of the above taken into consideration, Arsenal’s Europa League final squad could look something like this:
Subs: Leno, Mustafi, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Welbeck, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Elneny, Nketiah, Willock, Saka, Amaechi.