Mesut Ozil was a notable absentee as Arsenal headed to Greece on Wednesday ahead of their Europa League clash with Olympiacos.
The German playmaker stayed at home “due to personal reasons”, Arsenal said.
Arsenal did not provide further information, but reports said Ozil’s wife, Amine Gulse, was close to giving birth.
Head coach Mikel Arteta will have limited options in the centre of the park for the first leg of the last-16 tie.
For Arteta, the fixture is his first European game in charge of the team since succeeding previous first-team boss Unai Emery.
Ozil’s fellow midfielder Lucas Torreira also did not travel, with the Uruguayan unwell but being assessed with a view to him taking a later flight to Athens should his health show a “significant improvement”.
The unavailability of Ozil means the World Cup winner has missed all four of Arsenal’s Europa League away games this season.
Photos From Super Eagles Second Training Session Ahead Of AFCON
Pictures of Super Eagles stars having their second training session ahead of the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon, have been shared online, Newspremises has gathered.
Some of the Superstars were pictured in high spirit as they make preparation for the tournament which kicks off on Sunday, January 9, 2022.
Nigeria will face Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau in Group D.
HERE ARE SUPER EAGLES’ SQUAD FOR 33RD AFCON CAMEROON 2021
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); John Noble (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Defenders: Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Tyrone Ebuehi (Venezia FC, Italy); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Olisa Ndah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)
Midfielders: Frank Onyeka (Brentford FC, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Galsgow Rangers, Scotland); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Nwakali (SD Huesca, Spain)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin, Germany); Odion Jude Ighalo (Al-Shabab Riyadh, Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Praha, Czech Republic)
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Bundesliga Restarts Today! With Dortmund Vs Schalke 04
After 64 days of shutting down, the Bundesliga is back again to continue from where it stopped with the following matches starting off by 2:30PM.
Dortmund Vs Schalke 04
RB Leipzig Vs Freiburg
Hoffenheim Vs Hertha Berlin
Dusseldorf Vs Paderborn
Augsburg Vs Wolfsburg
All of the aforementioned matches will be played by 2:30PM Nigerian time so stay glued to your TV screens. It’s great to have football back.
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