Arsenal travel to Germany to play Eintracht Frankfurt in the first match of the 19/20 Europa league group stage.
Head coach, Unai Emery has released an 18 man squad for this trip to Germany. As expected, Alexander Lacazette misses out through an ankle injury. Also, fullbacks Keiran Tierney and Hector Bellerin have not been declared fit to play.
However, there are two notable omissions in the matchday squad. Mesut Ozil and Sokratis are missing names that have come as a surprise to the fans.
Ozil trained with the rest of Arsenal’s first team squad on Wednesday but did not make the trip while Sokratis Papastathopoulos, whose error gifted Watford a route back into Sunday’s match, also didn’t travel.
Ozil has not been a regular feature this season, as he made his first appearance of the season in the draw away at Vicarage Road last weekend.
✈️ Our travelling squad for @Eintracht 🇩🇪
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 18, 2019
Rob Holding, who has been out since November following a cruciate knee ligament injury, has been included and is primed to make his first team comeback, potentially alongside fellow Englishman Calum Chambers.
Frankfurt made it to the semifinal of the Europa League last season, and will look forward to doing the same again. Arsenal will want to start the Europa League season on a positive note and three points will do that.
What are your thoughts on the matchday squad?