Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cologne devise cheeky plan to thwart Arsenal on Thursday

Cologne devise cheeky plan to thwart Arsenal on Thursday

The boss was asked about Wilshere's possible involvement against Cologne and he admitted that it's a good opportunity for the midfielder to get some vital game-time under his belt.

"When you play Wednesday-Saturday it is similar to Thursday-Sunday".

The Gunners defeated Bournemouth 3-0 in the Premier League last weekend and should be considered favorites to earn all three points vs Koln as well. It is one of the opportunities. "He has been injured at the start of the season from last season so he was a bit behind the other players but now he is getting better and better".

Wilshere's time at Arsenal has been plagued by injury, limiting him to just 17 Premier League appearances in his last two full seasons at the club.

Cazorla has been left out of Arsenal's 25-man squad for the Premier League due to his injury but is expected to make a return in the New Year, when the Gunners can make amendments to their selections.

Arsenal have made a poor start to the campaign, losing twice in their opening four league games.

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Chile worldwide Alexis Sanchez is however expected to start on Thursday night.

This is the seventh consecutive season Arsenal have faced German opposition in Europe - they've faced Bayern Munich in four of those (2012/13, 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2016/17), Borussia Dortmund in three (2011/12, 2013/14 and 2014/15) and Schalke once (2012/13).

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Arsene Wenger revealed that he will take the competition "seriously" but admitted rotation will occur during the group stages as Arsenal look to challenge on all fronts. They had a hard time too, they lost two games and won several games in the last minutes. 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.

Wenger rejected the idea that playing in the Europa League was a dent to his ego as a manager.

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