Runarsson left out of Arsenal’s 25-man Europa League squad

Alex Runarsson has been left out of Arsenal’s 25-man Europa League squad for the knockout phases, according to football.london.

UEFA rules dictate that clubs are allowed to have a maximum of 17 non-homegrown foreign players in their 25-man squad. The Gunners had two free spots in the squad for non-homegrown foreign players after the departures of Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi in the January transfer window.

The former joined Schalke on loan for the rest of the season while the latter came to a mutual agreement with the club to terminate his contract before joining Kolasinac at the German side. 

As a result of the two free spots that have opened up, the North London club have included new signings Mat Ryan and Martin Odegaard in their Europa League squad.

Gabriel Martinelli was left out of the squad at the start of the season due to a long-term injury but the Brazilian has now recovered and as a result, he has been included in the squad.

His inclusion has caused the Gunners to leave out one of their existing non-homegrown foreign players and Runarsson is the player who has been omitted from the squad. 

The Icelandic goalkeeper has made four appearances in the Europa League for the North London side this season but will not be eligible for selection in the knockout phases of the competition. 

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