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Arsenal have confirmed their squad for the Europa League knockout phases.

The list submitted for the group stages featured both Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac who have since left the club to join Schalke in the January transfer window.

As a result two places for foreign players opened up within the squad as UEFA rules dictate that clubs can have no more than 17 non-homegrown players in their 25-man list.

It is this rule that saw Sokratis and Mesut Ozil fail to make the cut when the original list was announced in October.

This opened up spaces for new signings Mat Ryan and Martin Odegaard to be included in the Gunners squad.

However, Gabriel Martinelli was not featured in the group stages squad as the Brazilian was suffering from a long-term knee injury that he only returned from in late December.

His return means that Arsenal once again have a surplus of foreign players in their ranks and as a result Runar Alex Runarsson misses out this time.

The Iceland goalkeeper played four times in the Europa League groups stages, but a string of shaky displays has seen Mikel Arteta lose faith in him.

The draw for the UEFA Europa League round of 32 takes place in Nyon, Switzerland

Arsenal have confirmed their squad for the Europa League knockout phases.

The list submitted for the group stages featured both Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac who have since left the club to join Schalke in the January transfer window.

As a result two places for foreign players opened up within the squad as UEFA rules dictate that clubs can have no more than 17 non-homegrown players in their 25-man list.

It is this rule that saw Sokratis and Mesut Ozil fail to make the cut when the original list was announced in October.

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This opened up spaces for new signings Mat Ryan and Martin Odegaard to be included in the Gunners squad.

However, Gabriel Martinelli was not featured in the group stages squad as the Brazilian was suffering from a long-term knee injury that he only returned from in late december

His return means that Arsenal once again have a surplus of foreign players in their ranks and as a result Runar Alex Runarsson misses out this time.

The Iceland goalkeeper played four times in the Europa League groups stages, but a string of shaky displays has seen Mikel Arteta lose faith in him.

Runnar Alex Runarsson in action for Arsenal against Wolves (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Mat Ryan, who arrived on loan from Brighton last month, will now be second choice goalkeeper behind Bernd Leno.

The Gunners also have youngsters Arthur Okonkwo, Karl Hein and James Hilson to chose from in the goalkeeping position as UEFA rules allow clubs to submit a separate list of homegrown under-21 players who can be selected in the competition.

Included on that list are highly rated youngsters Folarin Balogun, Miguel Azeez, Ben Cottrell and many others.

Runarsson is still however, in contention to play for Arsenal in the Premier League against Aston Villa on Saturday after Leno was sent off against Wolves on Tuesday night, with Ryan facing a race against time to be fit..

 

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Livestream: Arsenal vs Villarreal CF

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Villareal Is Defending Everything Arsenal is throwing their way, Will Arsenal break their wall an bang in goals, it a question that needed an urgent response from the Gunners..

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Arsenal vs Villarreal – Line-Up, Formations Kick Off Time Confirmed

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It’s One Of The Most Entertaining Game Of The Season, One That Will Renew Arsenal Champions League Hope Next Season, Or Mar It.

Team News Is In:

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Just In: Arteta backs “hungry” Auba, Emery wary of his former “killer”

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Mikel Arteta says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “hungry to do something” after returning to full fitness following a bad encounter with malaria.

After ending the last campaign as the club’s FA Cup-winning hero, the 31-year-old club captain, fresh from signing a big-money contract extension, was supposed to be the talismanic figurehead as his manager’s project stepped up a gear. It hasn’t worked out that way.

While 15 goals and 3 assists are nothing to sniff at, our striker’s goal tally is way down on what Gunners fans have been used to since he joined from Dortmund in January 2018.

With teammates not exactly picking up the slack, the lack of killer instinct has cost the team dearly on the domestic front and hopes of qualifying for the Champions League now hang by a thread.

While a number of factors have played a part in Auba’s hit-and-miss performances – off-field issues and a lack of creativity around him certainly haven’t helped – Arteta believes his striker is in the mood to put things right.

“You know Auba’s character, he’s someone really lively, always joking, always smiling,” said the boss ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Villarreal.

“He had a difficult season so many of us as a club and a staff try to support him as much as possible the way that the team did as well.

“When he had some personal issues they were right behind him. As I said before football gives you an opportunity. He’s in a good place right now and he’s very hungry to do something.”

He added: “Everything affects but you have to come through that. It’s about how you react to the difficulties in your career which you’re going to have at some stage.

“He had some this season and it’s about showing the direction and the capacity to overcome that.”

The importance of delivering on the pitch tonight isn’t lost on Aubameyang. In fairness, he’s done pretty well in big games since he joined and this is certainly one of those.

Reflecting on the job at hand, he said: “I am really excited to play this game tomorrow because it is a big game and it’s a big moment for all of us. Hopefully, we deliver again.

“For sure it will be one of [the biggest games of my Arsenal career]. Definitely this season is the most important game and we know that we have to win this game.

“It is a big opportunity for us to get to the final, we play at home and this is maybe the biggest game of my Arsenal career.”

Having worked with him for 18 months, former boss Unai Emery is certainly wary of the striker leading Arsenal’s attack.

“Aubameyang is a killer,” said the Villarreal coach on Wednesday. 

“He was, he is and he will always be. He has been through a process of being out of the team because of the illness he has had but he is back.

“He is there to work, to defend the team and give everything for the team, hoping he can perform at the top level and if that happens he is going to be very difficult to stop.

 

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