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Arsenal could hand debut to Amario Cozier-Duberry today

Arsenal welcome FC Zurich tonight safe in the knowledge that they have qualified for the next round of the Europa League.

That said, they still need to better PSV’s result against Bodo/Glimt in order to ensure they don’t have to play an extra set of games in the new year by finishing top of the group.

Fortunately, the Gunners have a near fully fit squad in order to combat that quest, with Bukayo Saka shaking off a knock to his ankle in the thrashing of Nottingham Forest.

Mohamed Elneny has also been back in training while Oleksandr Zinchenko has taken part at Colney too after a period on the sidelines.

With Chelsea at the weekend, it would be rather foolish for Mikel Arteta to select a full-strength starting XI, so he could opt for a blend of his usual first-team stars and those on the fringes.

Should Arsenal find themselves in a promising position during the tie then it would be the ideal chance to hand some minutes to those who usually reside in the academy.

Ethan Nwaneri has already made his debut this term, albeit in the Premier League, but we could see further bows for the likes of Catalin Cirjan, Bradley Ibrahim and Amario Cozier-Duberry tonight.

The most likely debutant could be the latter, with Saka in need of rest and Emile Smith Rowe still out injured.

Whether or not he does get a slice of the action vs Zurich, it’s clear that the 17-year-old is a phenomenal talent.

Along with the aforementioned trio, he has already been on the bench in Europe this term and it’s clear to see why when you consider his statistics.

He has scored three times and assisted twice for the U21s this term, with one of those goals coming against senior opposition, Northampton Town, in the EFL Trophy.

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Clearly already adept in a more physical environment, the teenager has been causing “lots of problems” – in the words of Kaya Kaynak – for a while now.

This is his first full season at U21 level, a chance he more than deserves after contributing towards eight goals in the U18 Premier League during 2021/22.

A dangerous and energetic threat from out wide, the teen certainly has similarities to the aforementioned Saka and for that reason alone, is an exciting talent for Arteta.

It is surely only a matter of time before he gets an opportunity in the first team

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