Arsenal academy stars to get their chance against BATE

The Borisov Arena certainly has an interesting and unique exterior design

Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech are among those who will be watching on television.

In early team news Arsenal are without Calum Chambers, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck, but they have an otherwise clean bill of health.

Jack Wilshere, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are all expected to return to the starting XI against BATE. They could have played tonight and we could have played yesterday.

"So we look at the schedule over the weekend, we think there was some room for us to be different".

Maitland-Niles, 20, has made 13 appearances for the Gunners and Wenger believes the midfielder - who has played at full-back - could become a regular for the club.

"I will go with a team of senior players and certainly with a young bench".

'He has great quality, he can steal the ball without making fouls.

"He has to improve a little bit on the concentration front, the demands of top-level football don't tolerate some lapses of concentration, but all the rest is there".

That fixture congestion has led to Wenger thinking about prioritising with the Premier League taking top billing.

"(But) I hope that will not happen, and UEFA has always been very strong to deal with that".

Arsenal play their first away game in the Europa League on Thursday, travelling to Belarus to take on Bate Borisov. Bayern Munich, Roma and Athletic Bilbao have all tasted defeat here in recent years, and if Arsenal want to avoid a similar fate in the hostile, claustrophobic Borisov Arena, then their young players will need to make an instant impression.



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