Arsenal vs Köln Preview: Gunners begin Europa League journey for first time

Arsenal vs Köln Preview: Gunners begin Europa League journey for first time

Frank Lampard has urged the Arsenal fans to get behind the team ahead of their Europa League clash against Koln on Thursday night. We train every day very hard to be able to win the Premier League. As well, he is not completely at his best, but he is getting there every week.

Hector Bellerin has claimed that Arsenal can still win the Premier League title this season - and has used Chelsea as an example of how the Gunners can do so.

However, Alexis Sanchez is likely to start the match, after training in the last three days following his appearance off the bench against Bournemouth.

Wenger has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil will miss the game and be rested with Chelsea at the weekend in mind.

Indeed, this is the first time in 17 years that Wenger has played outside the Champions League and that season at least saw him take Arsenal to the Uefa Cup final.

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'We played on Wednesday night at Barcelona and then Saturday morning at Everton (the season before last) and we won.

Most importantly, it's a major European honour-something a club of Arsenal's size should always aim to win, even if it isn't quite at the same level as the Champions League. "I don't give the team out today, I will give it out on Thursday". There should only be one focus this season and the Europa League is not it.

Wenger rejected the idea that playing in the Europa League was a dent to his ego as a manager. Jose Mourinho took a risk in placing all his eggs in the Europa League basket past year 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.

A strong showing can go a long way in helping Giroud grab a positive result for the Gunners, it will also give Arsene Wenger some pleasant selection dilemma, and possibly a larger role to the player over the course of the season.

"For us we are lucky to have good squad depth and I think we have enough players to face both competitions with the right team and still have the right amount of quality players on the pitch".

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