Arsenal travel to Belarus to take on Bate Borisov in the Europa League and they’ll have to do it without a host of first-team players (via The Metro).
Matchday: Team News – Player Ratings – Match Highlights
Match: Bate Borisov v Arsenal
Stadium: Borisov Arena
Kick-Off (GMT): Thu 28 Sep 18:00
Arsenal play their first away game in the Europa League on Thursday, travelling to Belarus to take on Bate Borisov.
The Gunners are top of Group H after the 3-1 win over FC Koln a few weeks ago. Arsene Wenger used a weakened team during that match and it seems like it could be a recurring theme.
Numerous outlets are reporting that Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi, Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka are all set to miss the match after being left in London by Arsene Wenger.
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“I have a decision to make and at the moment I would say that the schedule for us is a bit cruel,” Wenger said earlier in the week.
“We played tonight, we play in BATE Borisov on Thursday night and play Sunday at 12 o’clock here.
“When you look at the schedule over the weekend I think there was some room for us to be scheduled differently.
“But we have to accept it and we want to go to Borisov with a good team. I will go with a team of senior players and certainly with a young bench.”
Arsene Wenger will have to use all of his squad in this tricky week. The Gunners play three matches in seven days with two Premier League matches either side of the Bate Borisov tie. Let’s hope to see a host of young players in the tie on Thursday.