Iwobi Excited As Arsenal Face Cologne In Europa League

Jonathan Hernandez
September 14, 2017

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that the Premier League will remain his priority this season despite the "opportunity" presented by the club's participation in the Europa League.

Arsene Wenger has hinted that Jack Wilshere will feature for Arsenal against Koln in the Europa League.

That will come three days before a crunch trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea, a game which will see Arsenal aim to beat a fellow Premier League top-six team for the first time in 14 attempts.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will be rested for Arsenal's home Europa League opener against Cologne. Players knew that we had to give our 100% against Bournemouth because we had to win no matter what.

'You have to not get caught in your mind with preconceived ideas.

'In three days you can recover'.

"Wednesday or Thursday night is no problem".

"Wednesday-Saturday is similar. It's just a different competition". "He's had a great evolution here and overall the contribution to the club has been tremendous".

The competition could, possibly, also provide the Gunners with an alternative route into next season's Champions League, an opportunity that Manchester United took up with aplomb last term.

Alexis Sanchez trained today so he's expected to be in the squad and Wenger may give him the chance to build on his match fitness as he's only started one Arsenal game so far this season - although I think it would be a risk ahead of the Chelsea game.

Iwobi missed Arsenal's Premier League game against Liverpool and the Super Eagles' double header 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier against Cameroon due to injury.

Like Arsenal, who lost the 2000 UEFA Cup final to Galatasaray, they have history in this competition and finished as runners-up in 1986, losing the final 5-3 to Real Madrid over two legs.

Laurent Koscielny is suspended after being sent off during our Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last season so Per Mertesacker is set for a recall in defence. The club has given me a lot, I want to win some more trophies.

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