Arsene Wenger has criticised the “nonsensical” UEFA ruling stopping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from playing for Arsenal in the Europa League.
Arsenal were without Aubameyang or injured striker Alexandre Lacazette as they arrived in snowy Sweden on Wednesday ahead of facing Ostersunds in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.
Aubameyang is cup-tied due to Borussia Dortmund’s involvement in the competition, despite having only represented the German club in the Champions League this season prior to his £60m move to Arsenal.
“Unanimously, I believe that all the clubs agree now this rule has to disappear in Europe,” Wenger said in his pre-match press conference.
“Especially because, for example, he played Dortmund, Dortmund has been reversed in the Europa League and he cannot play.
“When you look at the transfer amounts you spend now, that you have to spend £50, 60, 70m in the middle of the season, that the players cannot play doesn’t make sense.”
Dortmund could still face Arsenal later this season after dropping into the Europa League following their third-place finish in the Champions League group stage.