Arsene Wenger happy with Jack Wilshere progress on latest injury return

Wenger Reveals Why He Turned Down Man Utd In 2001 Posted by Daniel Jenkins

Wenger Reveals Why He Turned Down Man Utd In 2001 Posted by Daniel Jenkins

Arsenal will play their first Europa League game in 17 years when we welcome Bundesliga outfit Cologne to the Emirates on Thursday night.

This may sound ambitious, but it's merely an extension of the two sides' agreement to share scouting information ahead of their Group H clashes, amid hectic domestic schedules around the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Wenger does not believe playing Thursday to Sunday this season will damage his side's Premier League campaign. "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 tomorrow".

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

Olivier Giroud is set to start up front as the striker chases his 100th goal for the club, while Jack Wilshere is expected to be included in the squad for the first time this season.

"In training he is getting stronger, that's what we want", Wenger said of the midfielder.

Asked if he can get back to his best, Wenger replied: "Yes, if he is injury-free he will come back".

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On Thursday, FC Koln will become the 64th different that Arsene Wenger will face as the Arsenal manager.

Time to put the frustrations to bed. Alexandre Lacazette's arrival in the summer had deemed him a backup choice at best, but Danny Welbeck's upturn in form is now threatening to put the Frenchman into the periphery. He has been injured at the start of the season so he was a bit behind the others.

"The disadvantage is of course that he was out of the game for a long time, but there are advantages as well", he said.

"Every game is an opportunity for him and this season is a good opportunity for him as well".

Sunday's Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge could determine whether Bellerin is right to say that Arsenal can win the Premier League title.

"Teams like Leicester and Chelsea, they didn't have any midweek games [when they won the Premier League] so obviously players will get more rest and just play at the weekend".

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