Arsenal's Elneny: Our goal is to win the Europa League

18 September, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Arsenal's Elneny: Our goal is to win the Europa League

The win made Arsenal top group H with three points, two more than BATE Borisov and Red Star Belgrade, who drew in Serbia 1-1, while FC Köln sit fourth with zero points.

The kick-off is at 1.30pm.

In what will be the fourth meeting in 2017, Arsenal are now ahead two wins to Chelsea's one this year in all competitions, and once again major implications are on the line on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.

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There may also be a concern for Wenger because his players will be playing a Europa League game against Cologne on Thursday night, leaving the Chelsea squad fresher among the two for the match.

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"I'd like to say that all our thoughts are for the people affected in the incident on the tube [London Underground]", Conte said at the start of the press conference on Friday. Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are still out for the Gunners.

The last time the Gunners were in the competition the Europa League was called the UEFA Cup.

Elsewhere, Calum Chambers has returned to full training, while Theo Walcott is expected to be fit.

Arsenal's Elneny: Our goal is to win the Europa League
Arsenal's Elneny: Our goal is to win the Europa League

After the shock opening day defeat against Burnley, the Blues have bounced back with three consecutive wins - against Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Leicester City.

Stamford Bridge has been a house of horrors for the Gunners recently: they've lost five straight there, conceding 15 and only scoring 2.

"They will just capitulate and the game will run away from them".

Asked if the number of Cologne fans at the match was a surprise, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters: "They were very clever".

"It's probably the biggest game out of the whole season where the first goal is most important", he added. That's what they want from their players first.

However, Arsenal have beaten Chelsea on their last two encounters, in the FA Cup final last season and again in the Community Shield - both of which took place at Wembley Stadium - and Wenger hopes those results can inspire his side to turn the tide this weekend.

Eden Hazard could make his first start of the season against Arsenal after coming off the bench in midweek.

Antonio Conte's side have a great record against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in recent seasons, so they'll be confident about their chances on Sunday.

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