Arsenal take young squad to Greece


Arsenal’s squad for tomorrow night’s encounter with Olympiacos could have a youthful look about it. Arsene Wenger has decided to rest ‘senior’ players like Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla ahead of this weekend’s important league game with West Brom.

The manager said, “Some players needed a rest as they’re on the fringe of injury. Some are injured, like Podolski, Walcott. I needed to rest Wilshere 100%.”

As those senior players sat out training, youngsters like Martin Angha, Elton Monterio, Zak Ansah, Jernade Meade, Chuba Akpom and Sead Hajrovic all took part and could be part of the squad.

Fringe players like Andrei Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh are both likely to start while with injuries to Johan Djourou, Laurent Koscielny and Ignasi Miquel, Sebastian Squillaci could start his first Arsenal game since Jan 9th (Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup).

Full squad

Arsenal squad:
1 Wojciech Szczesny
5 Thomas Vermaelen
7 Tomas Rosicky
15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
16 Aaron Ramsey
18 Sebastien Squillaci
22 Francis Coquelin
23 Andrey Arshavin
25 Carl Jenkinson
27 Gervinho
29 Marouane Chamakh
38 Martin Angha
39 Zak Ansah
48 Sead Hajrovic
53 Jernade Meade
55 Elton Monteiro
60 James Shea
67 Chuba Akpom

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