Arsene Wenger, as promised, has brought a real smattering of youth with him for tomorrow night’s Europa League tie with BATE Borisov.
The Arsenal manager has included some youngsters who have yet to make an appearance for the first team, including midfielders Charlie Gilmour – said to be very happy with his inclusion – and Romanian Vlad Dragomir.
Other youngsters on the trip include Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matt Macey, Marcus McGuane, Josh Dasilva and Chuba Akpom, and they have all travelled to Minsk this afternoon with senior men like Per Mertesacker, David Ospina, Theo Walcott, Shkodran Mustafi, Olivier Giroud, Rob Holding and Jack Wilshere.
With a 12 noon Premier League kick off against Brighton on Sunday, the manager has left the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette behind to have some fresh legs for that one.
Alex Iwobi remains sidelined through injury, otherwise he’d have a played.
James from Gunnerblog has given us his starting XI – what team would you pick?