Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League trip to face BATE Borisov, manager Arsene Wenger has admitted his young players are fighting for their Arsenal future, reports the Express.
The Gunners boss has named a young side to travel to Belarus, with the likes of Vlad Dragomir and Charlie Gilmour being surprise selections, and has revealed this could be the only chance many of the youngsters will get to impress at senior level.
“This is the kind of job you do not get 10 opportunities to play for Arsenal. When you get it, even if they only get 20 minutes, you have to convince people you have the qualities to do it and you have the courage to play and show your qualities,” said Wenger.
“There is always an uncertainty. We know in training, you see in training that the player has the quality. To show it during competition is something different. In my experience you only discover that during the competition.”
Arsenal are 4/7 to win against BATE Borisov in Thursday’s Europa League clash, with the Londoners boasting a perfect record so far in the competition. The Gunners beat FC Cologne 3-1 in their opener and currently sit top of Group H as a result.
With BATE being held to a draw to FK Crvena Zvezda, Arsenal will fancy their chances of getting a result this week, even as the away side, and a number of fringe players will be hoping they make the headlines. Marcus McGuane, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Josh Dasilva could all feature at the Borisov Arena.