• Record signing ineligible to play in Europa League this season
• Manager says Arsenal must adapt quickly to 4G artificial pitch
Arsène Wenger has lamented the archaic rule that has left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible to face Östersund in the Europa League on Thursday, and the Arsenal manager has been forced to turn to Danny Welbeck to lead the line in Sweden in the absence of their record signing and Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal touched down in snowy northern Sweden to resume their Europa League adventure with a considerably stronger squad than Wenger’s usually rotated selection, with the notable exception of a striker shortage. Lacazette was set to start until undergoing knee surgery on Monday while Aubameyang stayed in London because he had played for his old club, Borussia Dortmund, in the Champions League this season.