Emile Smith Rowe, Miguel Azeez, Ben Cottrell and Folarin Balogun have all travelled to Norway for Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Molde.
Teams are allowed to select 23 players for Uefa matchday squads and Mikel Arteta will also be able to make five in-game substitutions.
Having won all three group stage games so far and with Premier League fixtures coming thick and fast, Thursday’s clash represents a perfect opportunity to blood a few of the Academy’s hottest prospects.
Strictly speaking, Smith Rowe is already a senior squad member, but his inclusion after a series of injuries is most definitely welcome. He’s been building his fitness with the under-23s and will be hoping to make an impression on the boss with a view to challenging for a regular place on the domestic front.
Striker Balogun, who The Athletic report we’re keen to keep, made his debut against Dundalk while Cottrell and Azeez both player against MK Dons in our short pre-season. All three have trained regularly with the senior players in recent weeks.
A cursory flick through the pictures released by the club show Kieran Tierney (wearing a t-shirt), Shkodran Mustafi, Alex Runarsson, Granit Xhaka and Matt Macey have also travelled. We expect several big names will stay home to prepare for Sunday’s game with Wolves.
Arsenal can secure safe passage to the knockout stages by avoiding a defeat tomorrow night.