5 talking points before Arsenal v Cologne

Rosalie Stanley
September 14, 2017

Arsenal will rest seven first-team stars for Thursday night's UEFA Europa League clash with Cologne ahead of Sunday's crunch Premier League match against Chelsea.

We have the unfavourable timing of Thursday night's Europa League group stage tie coming up this week, only three days before our trip to Stamford Bridge, and we can not afford to get distracted from that. "He has been injured at the start of the season from last season, so he was a bit behind the others players but now he is getting better and better".

The Gunners losing two of their opening four league games in 2017/18 suggests it would be advisable for them to make a committed effort in this competition. "Three days is plenty of time to recover".

Manchester United won the Europa League title last season to secure direct entry to the Champions League.

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"It is not the best chance but one of the opportunities", he told reporters today. Arsenal my have had a battle-hardened core of English veterans, but Wenger nearly immediately brought with him a change of focus toward continental players and methods that saw careers extended and trophies lifted. With the competition, a fresh set of challenge is set to be faced by Arsene Wenger, who will have to manage the fixture crunch carefully as the season progresses.

Arsene Wenger revealed on Wednesday that several of his first-choice players will be rested for their Group H opener at the Emirates Stadium. Jose Mourinho took a risk in placing all his eggs in the Europa League basket a year ago and was ultimately rewarded as his Manchester United team beat Ajax in the final, booked a spot in the Champions League group stage and added another item to the club's trophy cabinet.

That does not necessarily mean it will be a team of inexperienced youngsters as Jack Wilshere could make a long-awaited comeback while Alexis Sanchez may feature as he strives for match sharpness.

While Lehmann insists the game can be separated from their poor league form, the 34-year-old admits Arsenal will still be strong despite the expected alterations to their starting line-up.

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