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Emery set to rotate in Ukraine

29th November 2018, 10:10 by Tom McGarry

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has included a number of academy players in his squad for Europa League clash with Vorskla Poltava on Thursday.

The Gunners will head into the match, which has been moved to Kiev due to the introduction of martial law in some areas of Ukraine, having already secured their place in the knockout stages after collecting 10 points from their opening four group games.

Arsenal will clinch top spot in Group E if they equal or better Sporting Lisbon's result on Thursday, but with a crucial north London derby against Tottenham to come at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Emery has taken the opportunity to rest some his big-name stars.

The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira have not travelled with the squad, while Alexandre Lacazette remains sidelined with a groin injury.

Laurent Koscielny, who played 45 minutes of an Under-23 match against Derby on Monday, is still working his way back to full fitness following an Achilles problem.

That means a number of youngsters have been included in Emery's travelling party, with the likes of Charlie Gilmour, Zech Medley and Dejan Iliev hoping to earn some first-team minutes.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 17 matches across all competitions, a run that includes a 4-2 victory over Vorskla at the Emirates in September.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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