Cologne devise cheeky plan to thwart Arsenal on Thursday

Arsenal Defender Takes Swipe at Rivals' Spending & Insists Team Building Is the Most Important Thing

Arsenal Defender Takes Swipe at Rivals' Spending & Insists Team Building Is the Most Important Thing

The 25-year-old is in line to face Cologne as the Gunners begin their Europa League campaign at home on Thursday night - 383 days since he last wore an Arsenal shirt in the win at Watford last season.

Arsenal finished outside the top four last season for the first time in two decades and will be playing in the Europa League for the first time on Thursday after years of regular Champions League football.

Wenger will have one eye on Sunday's Premier League fixture against London rivals Chelsea.

"They can all have an opinion on the manager and the players, it's their right".

Wenger is expected to rotate heavily as Arsenal enter the group stage of Europe's second-tier competition for the first time under the Frenchman, and with a crucial Premier League game at Chelsea on Sunday.

Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are both ruled out with injuries while Callum Chambers is a doubt due to a groin issue.

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Hector Bellerin insists Arsenal should not be ruled out of winning the Premier League despite enduring a hard start to the season. He's getting stronger and stronger every day, and that's what we want from him.

The German goalkeeper, who is admittedly an Arsenal fan, has already amassed over 150 appearances for his boyhood club, and is rated as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in Germany.

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.

Giroud's next goal will be his 100th in Arsenal colours after he netted his 99th in the 4-3 victory over Leicester in the first game of the new Premier League season.

If Arsenal fail to perform, Wenger will not be blaming the Cologne game - for which Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey will be rested - as he feels there is enough time to recover.

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

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