Arsenal have had to leave a couple of youth players out of their Europa League squad due to limited spaces, but they’ve managed to add all their new signings.
Arsenal have named their Europa League squad for the knockout stages of the competition, but UEFA’s stricter squad regulations mean they’ve had to leave out a couple of players.
Unlike in the Premier League, where you can include unlimited under-21 players, the Europa League only allows you to include unlimited u21s if they’ve been at the club for two years.
If they’ve spent less than two years with the team, then they have to go on the senior squad list, with a strict limit of 25 senior players.
As a result, with the addition of Arsenal’s three January signings, there’s no space for Lino Sousa, who joined from West Bromwich Albion less than two years ago.
George Lewis has also been left out (despite joining more than two years ago), because he’s now 22 and too old for the u21 list.
However, Matt Smith has been given the final senior squad spot, so he’ll be eligible to feature for Mikel Arteta’s side in midfield if necessary.
Arsenal’s senior squad list is as follows:
Ramsdale, Turner, Hillson, White, Gabriel, Saliba, Kiwior, Holding, Tomiyasu, Zinchenko, Tierney, Partey, Ødegaard, Trossard, Jorginho, Vieira, Elneny, Xhaka, Smith, Jesus, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Nketiah, Nelson.
For anyone concerned about Bukayo Saka’s absence, that’s simply because he’s still young enough to be on the B list, along with Karl Hein and any academy players who have been around for more than two years.
It’s not surprising that Sousa and Lewis aren’t involved, given they were also left out of the squad for the group stage.
For Sousa, he’s still young, and he’ll get chances when he’s older, perhaps after a loan spell. Even if he’d been registered in the senior squad, he would’ve found minutes hard to come by in the knockout stages.
As for Lewis, the winger seems to be slowly edging closer to the exit, given he’s out of contract this summer.