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Arsenal are looking to keep all avenues to the Champions League open as they prepare to face BATE Borisov

With fourth place far from secure, the competition offers an alternative route to the Champions League… and boss Unai Emery has won it three times before.

Keep up to date with all the latest Gunners news here.

  • Helen Rowe-Willcocks 's avatarHelen Rowe-WillcocksFebruary 14, 20198:03 am

    UNAI EMERY spoke in Minsk last night about why he had left Mesut Ozil out of the Arsenal squad for tonight’s match.

    The German returned to training on Tuesday morning following illness but Emery did not believe he was completely over the bug.

    He told reporters: “The players we didn’t bring in the squad were because Aaron Ramsey did not train with us and Sokratis only started training yesterday [Tuesday] and today – I think it’s enough.

    “Mesut is the same. Auba, after he was sick, trained on Monday, yesterday and today, and I think he’s OK for the match.”

  • Helen Rowe-Willcocks 's avatarHelen Rowe-WillcocksFebruary 14, 20197:30 am

    ARSENAL are in Europa League action tonight against BATE at the Borisov Arena.

    The Gunners announced the squad which has travelled to Belarus for the round of 32 clash.

  • Samuel Street 's avatarSamuel StreetFebruary 13, 201910:49 pm

    ARSENAL have embarked on a 1,300-mile flight to Belarus to take on BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

    But Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are not among the squad, having been dropped.

    Ramsey has already signed a £400,000-a-week deal with Juventus and boss Unai Emery would reportedly love to get Ozil, the club’s highest paid player, off the wage bill as well.

    To this end, the German is said to have been offered to clubs in China and Italy ahead of a potential summer move.

    In terms of incoming players, Arsenal missed out on a big one, with Arsene Wenger admitting he tried and failed to sign Jadon Sancho during his tenure at the Emirates.

    The Frenchman said: “I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn’t get a game.

    “I tried as well to lure him because he’s from London, I tried to get him to Arsenal.

    “He is one of the best players of his generation, he can dribble, he has the arrogance – look at the boy, there is something in there that is part of the big players.

    “You can call that confidence, arrogance, belief but it has to be there.

    “The pressure now on these young boys from an early age is very big, the pressure from all the clubs.”