Wenger To Make 9 Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Cologne

Wenger To Make 9 Changes: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Cologne

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Arsene Wenger insisted that playing on Thursday and Sunday is a good opportunity to show that his Arsenal side can cope with the demands of Europe.

The Gunners haven't actually won a European title since 1994, when they were victorious in the European Cup Winners' Cup, so there is every chance that the Gunners will take this competition very seriously.

Arsenal's league form hasn't been spectacular so far this season, and finishing outside of the top four is a real possibility again. The Blues took just 10 points from their first six games of the Premier League after drawing against Swansea City before suffering two humiliating defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger does not have a lot of pressing injury concerns to deal with ahead of the visit of Koln on Thursday, with only two first-team players unavailable.

Francis Coquelin will also miss the tie and will be out for the next three weeks after injuring his hamstring against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Every game is an opportunity for him. "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".

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Midfield: Wenger is expected to make plenty of changes in midfield with several of his key men rested ahead of our trip to Stamford Bridge this coming weekend.

"We are very focused on this Europa League, we want to go and win it, we are very ambitious and I am looking forward to the game".

In the attacking third, the likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez will probably get the nod to start behind Olivier Giroud.

That could open the door for Jack Wilshere to make his first start for Arsenal in over 13 months as he looks to rebuild his career following another fractured leg.

The Hard Tackle, therefore, predicts a hard-fought 1-0 win for the North London outfit to kickstart their Europa League campaign on a positive note.

  • Kyle Warner