Arsene Wenger speaks about Europa League issues ahead of Chelsea clash

14 September, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Alicia Barber
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Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to rest a raft of first-team players but Giroud, who could score his 100th goal for the club against the Bundesliga strugglers, is adamant that Arsenal want the trophy.

This may sound ambitious, but it's merely an extension of the two sides' agreement to share scouting information ahead of their Group H clashes, amid hectic domestic schedules around the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Arsenal have started their 2017/18 Premier League campaign in mixed form, having won their opening league fixture 4-3 against Leicester before an away defeat to Stoke was followed by a heavy 4-0 loss to title rivals Liverpool on Super Sunday.

"I think the best way to do it is through the Premier League", Wenger told a news conference before Arsenal host Cologne in their Europa League opener on Thursday.

Attack: Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck all sat out training today which is a big indication they won't be involved tomorrow so we should see plenty of changes up front.

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Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are both ruled out with injuries while Callum Chambers is a doubt due to a groin issue. The three-time Champions League victor has scored 181 goals in Madrid but could be forced to make way for new signings coming in. Arsenal should bury the Europa League to the very back of their priorities, for now at least.

'Chelsea is a good opportunity to show we can do that, ' Wenger said of balancing demands. "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". Nevertheless, in Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, the Arsenal boss has enough firepower to topple the struggling Germans.

On whether long time absentee Jack Wilshere will play against Cologne, Wenger said he is yet to decide.

"[The] Europa League is a very important competition for us".

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