Alex Runarsson has been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad for the knock-out stages, replaced in the goalkeeping line-up by January arrival Mat Ryan.
The Icelandic international made four appearances in the group stages, keeping two clean sheets along the way, but restrictions on non-homegrown players have seen him excluded as Mikel Arteta has plumped for the more experienced option.
Runarsson made his Premier League debut last night in the 2-1 win over Wolves, replacing Thomas Partey after Bernd Leno saw red for denying a goalscoring opportunity by handling outside his box.
Another January arrival, Martin Odegaard, has also been added to the squad, as has Gabriel Martinelli who was not named for the early stages of the competition as he recovered from a knee injury.
The departures of Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac have created enough room in the squad for both of the attacking additions.
The Gunners face Benfica in the first knock-out round, in a game that may be decided over one leg due to Covid-19 restrictions and travel difficulties regarding trips to Portugal at this time.
It’s also possible that Benfica may play their home leg at neutral venue, and as it stands that tie is due to take place on February 18th.