Arsenal have included Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci in their Champions League squad despite their lack of involvement with the first team recently as doubts over their futures with the north London side.
Arshavin is the only player out of the trio that have featured for the Gunners this season after a cameo appearance against Sunderland in Arsenal’s opening fixture, while the other two were expected to make departures this summer but nothing has eventuated.
Chamakh’s playing opportunities seemed like they may improve amid the RvP speculation earlier in the summer, however with summer recruits Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski boosting the striking options it is difficult to see the Moroccan international gaining much playing time. But nevertheless he will remain at the Emirates this season and will be used when the first choice forwards require rest or suffer injuries.
Sebastien Squillaci is the other surprise senior inclusion who only managed six appearances for the Gunners last season and was unable to be sold this summer with his wages believed the main factor as he currently earns a substantial £60,000 per week, equaling £3,120,000 a year – an amount most clubs can not afford.
Jack Wilshere qualifies as an Under-21 homegrown player and therefore does not need to be registered in the squad, same with Coquelin and Frimpong. But one exciting inclusion is German youngster Serge Gnabry who has been making strides towards a first team callup after a promising preseason with the club.