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Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey were surprise omissions from Arsenal’s 18-man squad to take on Watford at the Emirates on Sunday.
The pair started in the Gunners’ 2-0 win against AC Milan in the club’s last-16 Europa League first leg tie on Thursday but were not named in Arsene Wenger’s squad for the game against the Hornets.
Arsenal’s 2-0 aggregate lead gives them a good cushion going into Thursday’s second leg in London but the pair have been rested in preparation for the visit of the Serie A giants.
Arsenal’s top four chances are all but gone and Wenger’s admitted the Gunners need two teams to ‘collapse’ if they’re to stand a chance of claiming a Champions League place via the Premier League. The club’s best bet remains in the Europa League, where a win in May would provide the Gunners with a place in next season’s competition.