Arsenal confirm Champs League squad: 4 signings in, key man left out

By on September 2, 2016

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Arsenal have submitted their official 25-man squad for the group stages of the Champions League and Per Mertesacker is the big-name exclusion.

Arsene Wenger had until 11pm on Thursday night to submit his squad for group stage games against Pariss Saint-Germain, Basel and Ludogrets.

Unfortunately it looks as though the boss is confident Mertesacker won’t be making a swift recovery from his knee injury as the big German hasn’t been included in the 25.

Per suffered the injury in pre-season and was immediately ruled out until at least December following surgery so he won’t play in the group stages but hopefully he’ll be back to play in the knockout stages – assuming we progress out of the group.

New signings Rob Holding, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi have all been named in the 25-man squad after completing their moves to Arsenal during the summer window.

Obviously Jack Wilshere isn’t included either after completing a surprise season-long loan move to Bournemouth on deadline day but there is a place for forgotten striker Yaya Sanogo!

Here is the confirmed squad:

Goalkeepers: David Ospina, Emiliano Martinez, Petr Cech

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs.

Midfielders: Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Granit Xhaka, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Krystian Bielik, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Attackers: Alexis Sánchez, Lucas Perez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Yaya Sanogo.


  1. Kineab Abebe

    September 2, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Why is Bellerin not included??!

    • chuba

      September 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      no belleri no Iwobi or Akpom but Sanogo. Aomething is wrong with this list.

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  3. Nonny

    September 2, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Bellarin, Iwobi and Akpom are under 21 and have been at the club for over 2 years so they don’t need to be registered yet they are eligible to play.

  4. doctore

    September 3, 2016 at 12:09 am

    surprised Wenger still considers Yaya arsenal quality, malen would have been better on that list

  5. zeeto

    September 3, 2016 at 4:24 am

    @ nonny thanks man,have been wondering on whats wrong..#up gunners

  6. azeez maruf olatud

    September 3, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Belleri iwobi and akpom are eligible to play they hav been in the club for over 3year but their not mention on list

  7. Henry Kawooya

    September 3, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Don’t tell me that the European number one right fullback “MR.HECTOR B.” is missing out on the champions league list and you include Yaya Sanogo and Debuchy.

  8. muhammad Idris

    September 6, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I think arsene wenger is running mad to include yaya sanogo instead of bellerin and alex iwobi

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