Bate have been the champions of Belarus for the past 13 seasons but forward Nemanja Milic was the only one of their starters who was signed for a transfer fee. Milic cost £135,000 when he was recruited from Red Star Belgrade earlier this year.
Bate’s transfer record is currently around £850,000 – a figure which Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil earns in less than three weeks.
Ozil was again absent for Arsenal on Thursday after Emery did not consider him ready to play following an illness which kept him out the trip to Huddersfield last weekend.
The German may be parachuted back into the side in time for the second leg of the Bate tie, however, which has now become arguably the most important match yet of Emery’s short reign in north London.
Ozil is not trusted by Emery and has started only five matches since November 11. But he has been selected for recent home matches against Qarabag, Burnley and Cardiff, with Emery deeming the German suitable for matches against deep-lying, packed defences rather than higher-class opposition.