Per Mertesacker has been included in Arsenal’s squad for the first-leg of our knockout round clash with Bayern Munich.
The World Cup winner required surgery to repair knee ligament damage sustained in the summer but has now made a full recovery. Although he’s not yet played any football this season he was recently included on the bench for the Gunners’ FA Cup game with Southampton.
It’s expected that Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny will line up in the centre of defence. The BFG, seen boarding the plane, and Gabriel will provide back-up on the bench.
Arsene Wenger will also have additional options in the centre of the park with Mohamed Elneny (back from the African Cup of Nations) and Granit Xhaka (not banned, finally) challenging Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a place in the starting lineup.
After perusing the photos from the final training session we can’t see Lucas Perez, perhaps he’s picked up a knock? We’ll see.
Finally, Yaya Sanogo is back in training, albeit on his own.
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The France youth international hasn’t featured this season with Wenger making some off comments about his fitness earlier in the season.