Arsenal have named a strong 18 man squad that will travel to Instanbul tomorrow to take on Fenerbahce in a UEFA champions league 3rd round first leg qualifier. It was initially expected that Arsenal will be forced to field a very weakened squad due to injury but instead, the supposed injured players are making a return and the squad is much more stronger than was hitherto expected.
Virtually all the players that secured Arsenal the top 4 finish last season will be starting with only Mikel Arteta missing out to injury.
The 18 man squad is as follows :
Defenders: Szczesny, Fabianski, Jenkinson, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Monreal
Midfielders: Wilshere, Ramsey, Frimpong, Rosicky, Cazorla
Forwards: Podolski, Giroud, Walcott, Sanogo, Gnabry
Arsenal needs to beat Fenerbache over the 2 legs to stand a chance of playing in the group stage of the competition which commences in September.