Alexis Sanchez has been named in Arsenal’s Europa League squad for this season, along with 41 other players.
Arsenal named a 42-man squad for the Europa League yesterday and have included the want-away Alexis Sanchez, reports the Standard. The Chilean international wants to play for Manchester City and in the Champions League, and will be relieved to know that playing in the Europa League will not damage his chances at all.
According to UEFA rules, clubs in the Champions League can register one player who has also played in the Europa League during the same season. Hence, if Arsenal need Alexis to play, he’s going to play. There’ll be no cup-tied excuse. Among all the registered first-team players are a host of young players included too.
Arsene Wenger could rotate heavily for the group stage matches and give youngsters such as Reiss Nelson an opportunity in the first-team. The only notable omissions from the squad is Santi Cazorla, who is still recovering from an injury he suffered last October. One notable inclusion is Mathieu Debuchy, the survivor of many transfer windows.
Arsenal kick-off their Europa League campaign against FC Koln at the Emirates next Thursday.
Here is the squad in full:
David Ospina, Petr Cech, Deyan Iliev, Matt Macey, Ryan Huddart, Hugo Keto
Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Toljai Bola, Chiori Johnson, Tafari Moore
Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Krystian Bielik, Charlie Gilmour, Marcus McGuane, Reiss Nelson, Ben Sheaf
Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Chuba Akpom, Pelenda Da Silva, Aaron Eyoma, Edward Nketiah, Joseph Willock