The Arsenal squad set to face PSG on the 13th of September has been announced and there are a couple of – sort of – surprises.
Carl Jenkinson, for one, is only just now returning from long-term injury and has been included on the list. So has 18-year-old Krystian Bielik, who had a decent pre-season with the club and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, another promising youth player.
The new signings, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Perez and obviously Granit Xhaka are all also set to feature.
There’s no reason to be nervous. Arsene Wenger wouldn’t include them if they weren’t ready and the match is still 10 days away. We have a tradition of including a couple of promising youngsters in our Champions League squad so it’s nothing new and, if anything, it’ll be a fantastic experience for them.
Remember last season when Alex Iwobi played amazingly against Barcelona? Sometimes, if you see something in a player, you just have to take a chance.
Here’s the whole squad via Uefa’s official website.
According to Jeorge Bird, Hector Bellerin, Alex Iwobi and Chuba Akpom are on the B list, which, Uefa explains is when they are “born on, or after, 1 January 1995 and have been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday.”