Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger cannot get his head round UEFA’s ‘cup-tied’ rule that prevents him from picking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Europa League this season.
Aubameyang joined Arsenal last month from Borrusia Dortmund and is ineligible to play in European competition for the Gunners because he turned out for the German side in this seasons Champions League.
With French striker Alexandre Lacazette sidelined due to a knee injury, this means that Wenger is left with only Danny Welbeck and Eddie Nketiah as his only striking options for the game against Swedish side Ostersunds in the Europa League clash this evening.
“Unanimously, I believe that all the clubs agree now this rule has to disappear in Europe,” Wenger said on Wednesday.
”Especially because, for example, he played Dortmund, Dortmund has been reversed in the Europa League and he cannot play.
“When you look at the transfer amounts you spend now, that you have to spend 50, 60, 70 million pounds in the middle of the season, that the players cannot play doesn’t make sense.”
As well as being short on strikers Wenger will also have to do without midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who missed the game at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend due to a groin injury.
Speaking about the Ramsey injury Wenger said,
”He doesn’t move forward as quickly as I expected,“ Wenger added. ”Today I would say certainly he will not be available for the second game against Ostersunds.
“Maybe for the cup final. I don’t know yet, it depends how he will progress from now.”