UEFA have released the Champions League squads for the Qualifying Round 1 and there are no real surprises in the Arsenal team with two Academy players registered in their squad.
Arsenal have registered 23 players, split as follows- four goalkeepers, nine defenders, four midfielders and six forwards.
In defence, Viktoria Schnaderbeck is listed but still rehabbing. Among the midfielders, Malin Gut is not registered due to her ACL and Jordan Nobbs is on the list but obviously out for a while with an ankle injury.
Here are the players registered in the A list, the Academy players born in 2000 and later can be registered at any time in the B list. It means Cull and Goldie could have been listed in the B list.
GK:1. Zinsberger, 18. Williams, 24. Stenson, 28. Cull
DF: 3. Wubben-Moy 4. Patten, 5. Beattie, 6. Williamson, 7. Catley, 16. Maritz, 20. Boye-Sørensen, 22. Schnaderbedck, 29. Goldie
MF: 8. Nobbs, 10. Little, 12. Maanum 13. Wälti
FW: 9. Mead, 11. Miedema, 14. Parris, 15.McCabe, 19. Foord, 23. Iwabuchi
The squad is clearly a bit thin in midfield. There is no doubt some defenders and forwards will end up playing in midfield during the two upcoming games unless the manager wants to go 180 minutes with only three available midfielders.
In all other positions there are plenty of players available with the only question mark being how integrated will the Olympians be to the team set-up,having played no friendly in preparation for the Champions League ties?
Looking at our opponents, there a few familiar faces and well-known names. There aren’t many for Okzhetpes, but for Moscow, defender Natalia Morozova and midfielder Marina Federova are well known with their National Team.
PSV have a lot of former FA WSL players. There is, of course goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, Dutch international Mandy van den Berg, ex Reading, Julie Biesmans, formerly at Bristol, and Amalie Thestrup, who played for Liverpool in the Championship. They also have in their squad the defender Desiree van Lunteren who retired from the Dutch NT after the 2019 WWC.
Arsenal should be strong enough to beat the two opponents they will face in Moscow and will then have about 10 days to prepare for the serious business of the league opener against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium as well as the potential home and away tie against a big opponent in the Champions League qualifying Round 2.