Wenger To Make 9 Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Cologne

Wenger To Make 9 Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Cologne

Wenger To Make 9 Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Cologne

This campaign has started badly for the Billy Goats, who have lost their opening three league games to sit bottom of the table - they are the only top-flight German side without a point so far. As well, he is not completely at his best, but he is getting there every week.

Arsenal's previous appearance in this competition, when it was known as the Uefa Cup, was against Galatasaray in the 2000 final with the Turkish side winning 4-1 on penalties. The most important is to win and after that the goals will come if we play well and play our game.

A quick glance at what is on offer to the future at Hale End reveals few English players of the same expected quality as Wilshere was at that stage, but is Arsene Wenger to blame, or is it indicative of a larger problem in England?

Francis Coquelin, meanwhile, is out for three weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury in the victory over Bournemouth last time out. Latvian striker Artjoms Rudnevs is the only player the Koln boss does not have at his disposal ahead of the trip to Emirates on Thursday, missing out due to illness.

Wenger cited recent worldwide duty as one of the main reason for resting stars but the move hints at previous statements prioritizing the Premier League over other competitions.

It could be useful as a platform on which to develop young talents and give much-needed match practice to others, but results should not be paramount.

"It is not the best chance but one of the opportunities", he said. It is the first time that Arsenal will play in the competition since Arsene Wenger's hiring in 1996.

Arsenal have slashed ticket prices for their Europa League group games, with the most expensive ticket for Thursday's match a modest £23.50, but the game is not sold out.

In the attacking third, the likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez will probably get the nod to start behind Olivier Giroud. "We are very focused on this Europa League, we want to go and win it, we are very ambitious and I am looking forward to the game tomorrow".

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