Confirmed: Arsenal handed huge blow ahead of Europa League clash

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Mesut Ozil appears to have been left out of the Arsenal squad ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against BATE Borisov on Thursday.

The former Real Madrid star missed Saturday’s win over Huddersfield, officially through illness, but took a full part in first team training yesterday and was listed as being available for selection by the club’s website.

Ozil, who has featured just twice since Boxing Day, posted a video on his Instagram account of himself driving his car while his teammates were photographed boarding the flight bound for Belarus at Luton airport.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos also trained yesterday but appears not to have been risked having only just recovered from the ankle injury he suffered during last month’s FA Cup defeat against Manchester United.

Aaron Ramsey, whose summer transfer to Juventus was confirmed earlier this week, is still nursing a knee injury and hasn’t travelled but there is a place for January loan signing Denis Suarez who is in line to make his full debut.

Arsenal qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League by winning five of their six group stage matches and finishing above Sporting Lisbon.

The Gunners reached the semi finals of the same competition last season before losing to eventual winners Atletico Madrid and will be hopeful of going one better under Unai Emery who won the tournament three times during his Sevilla tenure.

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