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Pictures: Team hold first training session in Baku

Unai Emery has brought a 24-man squad to Azerbaijan for our Europa League final in Baku.

We will meet Chelsea at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night, hoping to lift our first piece of European silverware since the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup.

Our travelling group is below, and a 23-man matchday squad will be named 75 minutes before kick off on Wednesday night.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Petr Cech
Mohamed Elneny
Matteo Guendouzi
Alex Iwobi
Carl Jenkinson
Sead Kolasinac
Laurent Koscielny
Alex Lacazette
Bernd Leno
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Nacho Monreal
Shkodran Mustafi
Eddie Nketiah
Mesut Ozil
Sokratis
Lucas Torreira
Joe Willock
Granit Xhaka
Danny Welbeck
Bukayo Saka
Xavier Amaechi
Deyan Iliev

A 23-man matchday squad will be announced on the evening of the match.

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Interview: Michael Thomas on that night in ‘89

He scored one of the English game’s most dramatic goals to earn Arsenal a last-minute league title on an unforgettable night at Anfield in 1989 – and followed up with one of the most iconic celebrations!

Join Ryan Rocastle as he speaks to Michael Thomas about that night in ‘89. This feature was first published in the Arsenal Magazine at the start of the 2015/16 season.

You’ve lived in the north west for more than 20 years now. Be honest – when Arsenal play Liverpool who are you rooting for?
It’s fairly simple – when the game’s at Anfield I put my Liverpool shirt on; when it’s at the Emirates I get my Arsenal shirt out. The only problem is when they play each other in the cup. I try to avoid those games.

On to the famous night at Anfield, how many times a week are you reminded of ‘that’ goal?
It’s hard to say – funnily enough I actually get reminded a lot by Liverpool and Everton supporters. I laugh at the Liverpool fans that give me stick for it. Some of them go on like it was the only time they ever had a chance to win a league title – they’ve won 18!

When was the last time you watched the goal?
Whenever Fever Pitch was last on TV. I don’t play it on YouTube or anything like that. I like to watch it when it’s on because it brings back such great memories but I cringe watching myself.

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Anfield '89: Thomas clinches the title

Are you able to try and explain what that celebration was about?
I was going to run and celebrate with the supporters but then I thought let me try a handstand but for some reason I didn’t follow it through.

You and my dad knew each other from when you were teenagers. What was it like to play in the first team together?
It was a dream. I actually didn’t know he played for Arsenal because when we played for South London schoolboys he never mentioned it. When we played we’d always attack and defend together on the pitch – we had a special bond.

If the team that won the league at Anfield was playing now, do you think they’d win the league this season?
We’d be up there certainly. I think if we played under Arsène Wenger people would see that actually we could play a lot more than given credit for. We weren’t just good defensively but needed George Graham to allow us to play with more freedom for us to show what we were capable of going forward.

My mum told me you grew up as a Spurs fan, would you like to deny or confirm those rumours?!
[Laughs] Believe it or not back in the 1980s when I was a boy Spurs actually played the best football. They had Glenn Hoddle, Garth Crooks, Ossie Ardiles and played some real good stuff. I was more a fan of the football they played as opposed to the actual side - and being a London boy I admired them. And now? Have those feelings disappeared? Yeah, I’d say so.

03:03

1988/89: Goal of the Season contenders

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Travelling squad named for Europa League final

Unai Emery has brought a 24-man squad to Azerbaijan for our Europa League final in Baku.

We will meet Chelsea at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night, hoping to lift our first piece of European silverware since the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup.

Our travelling group is below, and a 23-man matchday squad will be named 75 minutes before kick off on Wednesday night.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Petr Cech
Mohamed Elneny
Matteo Guendouzi
Alex Iwobi
Carl Jenkinson
Sead Kolasinac
Laurent Koscielny
Alex Lacazette
Bernd Leno
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Nacho Monreal
Shkodran Mustafi
Eddie Nketiah
Mesut Ozil
Sokratis
Lucas Torreira
Joe Willock
Granit Xhaka
Danny Welbeck
Bukayo Saka
Xavier Amaechi
Deyan Iliev

A 23-man matchday squad will be announced on the evening of the match.

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Pictures: The boys board the plane to Baku

Having been awarded an allocation of just 6,000 tickets for the Europa League final, the match in Baku will certainly be a different experience.

Unai Emery has stressed that he would like to see more of our supporters at the game, but says his side will keep those who can only watch on TV in their minds for the match.

This is what he told the media:

on not many Arsenal fans being there…
I think our supporters want to come with us and enjoy with us in the stadium because there are not a lot of times you can play in a final in Europe. Every supporter wants to enjoy with the team in this country, but Baku is very far, and they will have to fly because there is not a possibility to drive there. It is expensive too. I prefer to be with them, to enjoy it with them, to have a big atmosphere with our supporters. I know Arsenal has a lot of fans around the world and I think in Baku there will be a lot of supporters from other countries closer to Baku and the stadium will be full with 70,000 people and supporters. But really our supporters in London, who are with us at Emirates Stadium and also in the Premier League, I prefer for them to be with us too in this final.

on how disappointed he is that the final is in Baku...
We can’t speak about that individually, how we feel. But I think it’s most important to think that we want to play the final against Chelsea and we want to show our possibility to win one title. Yes, it’s not possible with Mkhitaryan. It’s not possible with all our supporters, as we want. But the final is very important. It’s a shame that not all the supporters can travel to Baku, but they are going to be here at home, enjoying with us through the TV. We need to know that and play for them.

on whether the game should have been moved to Wembley…
Only this responsibility is with Uefa’s welfare people and we can’t do anything about that. We played the final in Juventus Stadium and the Super Cup final in Cardiff, and the Europa League final in Tbilisi, and I enjoyed it with a big atmosphere from both teams. Now we are going to enjoy it with less supporters from Arsenal and Chelsea, but I hope the stadium will be full with a lot of football supporters, maybe some supporters of Arsenal and Chelsea, and above all I want to play this match with a big atmosphere and with a big emotion in the stadium. We cannot play here in London.

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Emery – Why I admire Rafa Nadal

Unai Emery has a passion for tennis – and he'll have a keen eye on the progress of compatriot and reigning champion Rafael Nadal when the Spaniard returns to the clay at Roland Garros.

Our head coach likes to unwind by taking to the court and admits that he admires the mentality of Nadal, having read the world number two's autobiography.
 
"I read his book and I know some things about his history and he is work, work, work," Emery told Arsenal Player. "When he is also struggling sometimes in one match, playing for five hours in one game, tennis players have a lot of difficult moments.
 
"In the difficult moments you have to be strong in your mind to change the negative situation into a positive. Football is the same, only it's in 90 minutes and you need your teammates because it is 11 players that are playing and you need one strong mentality, but each single player being together too.
 
"I saw him live in one match and I also like to play tennis too. When I am playing tennis, I am thinking in each moment during the match that I need to be very strong in my mind to battle my opposition player. If he's better than me, with different strategies to play and fight against him too.
 
"Tennis is different from football because tennis is an individual game and an individual sport. Football is one team with 11 players and we need to do the combination and we need also where one player is not playing well another is playing well, the relation between them is very important.

"Tennis for me is a good sport because the mindset is very important. Because you need to be very strong in your mind and for the relationship with football I think it is the same. It's the idea to transmit for the players, for each single player, to take this mindset to work strongly and to have a big individual mentality.
 
"After, if you can play with 11 players with a big mentality, for example like with Rafa Nadal, you can take the best performance and results for this sport."

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