Interesting Arsenal match day squad for Eintracht Frankfurt game

The matchday squad for Arsenal’s Europa League visit to Eintracht Frankfurt has been released and it is rather interesting.

There is no spot for Mesut Ozil and Sokratis, however, there is a place for Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi.

This raises the possibility that Rob Holding and/or Mustafi will start the game against the Bundesliga outfit. I am not sure why Ozil has been left out, he hardly needs a rest, as for Sokratis, it looks like he has simply been dropped.

If Unai Emery does confirm that Ozil is being rested I am not sure that will go down well, he has played less than a full game this season and it will raise questions I am sure.

No doubt it will be reported that Sokratis is being rested, which I am sure he needs after his performance against Watford.

It is noticeable that Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have also been included though one of them may be left out once the 19 man squad has been reduced to 18 as per Uefa rules.

This is a strong squad and there is room for Unai Emery to make significant changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Watford Sunday afternoon at Vicarage Road.


  1. Dan kit says:

    Ozil is being rested for Sunday because Emery thought he played well last Sunday ,that’s how I took the interview not sure how that looks bad on Ozil not pkayjng in some meaningless match on a Thursday night .
    If anything that’s a good thing which hopefully means he starts on Sunday again ,unless everyone wants to see 3 defensive midfielders again .

  2. Innit says:

    Good. A strong squad.
    Looks like Emery is taking this tournament seriously

    It will be nice to see Holding back if he plays

  3. AY75 says:

    OT so, someone asked about suggestions as to who should replace Emery. I don’t watch the Bundesliga much, but from what I’ve been hearing about Nagelsmann, I think he’s a good option. Another name that sprang to my mind is Erik Ten Haag…. I think that guy knows his stuff. He got Ajax playing just the way we would love Arsenal to play, and with less WC players. He could be worth a shot, and he might as well talk some of their good players into joining….. so… opinions

    1. Roshan says:

      I want Naglesman, he’s the next big manager and has a lot of experience developing players. Emery is never going to get us back to where we need to be. He’s a fraud

      1. Loose Cannon says:

        What has Naglesman won? Carlo Ancheloti was interested in the AFC job, watch him humble Liverpool with the players at his disposal. Imagine what he could have done with our players – Auba, Laca, Pepe, Ceballos, Ozil, Torrera. Even Kolasinac and Xhaka play well for their national teams but fumble at AFC. Carlo would have been the perfect stop gap arrangement before we went for a top notch younger coach. Carlo is a well respected coach, our loss is Napoli’s gain. All is not lost, Allegri, Luis Enrigue are available so is Rafa Benitez. And if you want to remove the “fear” from Arsenal players Big Sam and Tony Pullis are available for the next 8 months.I have a feeling that Emery will be gone this month!

  4. Artsenal says:

    IGuest he will start with Musafi and Chambers instead of the aging disasterous couple.I Think Holding will play arole within the second halve.

  5. Gunnerphilic says:

    Strong squad yes. I am still not able to get rid of the bitter taste of the last match against Watford, the manner of Arsenal’s capitulation in defence and as a team.

    That Ozil is not in the team is no big deal. Emery might be trying to avoid playing him too much, too quickly. He has not played much this season and starting him every match doesn’t make sense.

    I hope the boys have a good outing in Frankfurt but they have done little to inspire much confidence. It will take a very brave man to bet that we will win convincingly.

    All the same, I am retaining that tiny bit of optimism that the coach will do his part and make the necessary changes in tactics. I am hoping that the players will also do the needful to redeem their names as professionals after that shameful outing at Watford.

  6. Tommogun58 says:

    One player will defo play,our wonderful cant put afoot wrong captain fantastic “XHAKA”the love affair with Emery goes on.

  7. Sean Williams says:

    I heard whispers Emery is going to play Luiz, Niles, Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Chambers and Mustafi and Holding on the goal line so that he really can play out from the back more.

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