Arsenal will be without Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira for their Europa League clash at Olympiacos – but neither of them has been dropped.
Both players have been in and out of the Gunners starting XI as doubt continues to swirl over their futures in north London.
Ozil though has remained in the capital as his wife is due to give birth while Torreira is ill and was not deemed fit enough to play, reports Charlie Watts.
The Gunners will be targeting the Europa League as their hopes of a top four spot continue to drift away despite a comprehensive win over Newcastle on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta is slowly beginning to get his ideas across having taken over in December, but a summer of upheaval is almost inevitable as the Spaniard looks to make this Arsenal squad his own.
Ozil’s exit has long been on the cards with the German unable to regularly justify his mammoth wages that well exceed £300,000-per-week, although finding a team prepared to take on that financial burden has been a huge problem.
Matteo Guendouzi, who is rumoured to have differences with his manager in north London, has travelled to Athens ahead of the game.
Arteta may give some of his younger players an opportunity to thrive in Greece, but regardless of their age the former Manchester City No 2 is demanding his players show “courage” on the pitch.
“You don’t know until you expose them [young players],” said the Arsenal boss.
“They can have the best intention but they need to go to a stadium like here and when they make a mistake or a bad decision, have the courage to try again and play again.
“And I want to see that in my players, whether they are 17 or 35. That’s what I expect from them. If they keep trying, they have my full support.
“If they hide after that, I don’t like it. But what I’ve seen up to now, every time they play on that field they are responding really, really well.”