Towards the end of last season Arteta promised a major squad overhaul. He said: “Things are going to change and the owners are going to back it up.”
With Arsenal finally getting their mass exodus of the squad into fifth gear it means some of the first-team regulars have been left out for selection in Wednesday’s night game against West Brom.
The Carabao Cup second-round tie against the Baggies has arguably lifted itself to become one of Mikel Arteta’s biggest games in his career after a terrible start to the season, where the Gunners have failed to score a goal so far.
Due to the importance of the game the Arsenal boss has decided to field a strong team in the cup which would leave no room for players on the way out of the club.
The futures of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Cedric Soares, Hector Bellerin and even the immediate future of Florian Balogun now look likely to be away from the club.
Interestingly Sead Kolasinac who has yet to feature this season and looked to be on his way out is starting at left-back, whilst new signing Nuno Tavares is given his full debut at right-back.
Willian is to miss out after strong links with a move away from North London. football.london understands that the 32-year-old Brazilian is in advance talks with a move to South American side, Corinthians.
This also means that with the absence of Willian, new signing Odegaard is set to make his second debut with the club after a full transfer from Real Madrid.
Arteta confirmed that the Norwegian is available for selection.
Despite his confirmed absence due to injury, it would have been unlikely for Eddie Nketiah to feature in the Carabao Cup fixture against West Brom after it emerged that his transfer to Crystal Palace is edging nearer.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang yet to start a game this season, Arteta is starting the club captain so he can get minutes under his belt.
Folarin Balogun started the opening Premier league fixture but has been left out of the Carabao Cup squad for the game against West Brom, it may be likely that Arteta is sending him out on loan.
Another player that has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace is Reiss Nelson. If the player’s future at the club was secure then it would have been a given that he would play some part in the second round cup tie.
However with him being left out of the squad completely, his time as Arsenal looks to be over.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has yet to feature for Arsenal this season despite being on the bench for both of Arsenal’s opening league fixtures.
With Arsenal’s right-back crisis, it comes to a surprise for a lot of fans that the Englishman has been not given a chance in this campaign and he will not be seen against West Brom after being left out of the squad.
This is because he has been heavily linked with a move away from the club after announcing his desire to play midfield.
Due to Cedric Soares playing against Cheslea on the weekend, the Arsenal boss instead decided to start Nuno Tavares at right back.
Hector Bellerin is currently Arsenal’s longest serving player at the club and has been the starting right-back at the club since 2015. However, he has yet to feature this season after expressing his discontent at the club and the need for a new challenge.
Despite Arsenal’s full-back troubles, Bellerin will not be re-introduced in the starting XI for the match against West Brom.
Source by Football London