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Cologne devise cheeky plan to thwart Arsenal on Thursday

14 September 2017, 01:05 | Dawn Berry

GETTY Hector Bellerin believes Alexis Sanchez is fully committed at Arsenal

Bellerin Sanchez

Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Arsenal's game against Chelsea just after their Europa League fixture - and claims it will be no issue for the club, who are used to having European fixtures to deal with when it comes to managing their Premier League obligations to boot.

They still have some able players to call upon though.

Arsene Wenger revealed that he will take the competition "seriously" but admitted rotation will occur during the group stages as Arsenal look to challenge on all fronts.

He was supposed to be Arsenal's saviour and future captain for many years to come but very little has gone to plan for Jack Wilshere thus far.

Arsenal make their Europa League debut against Cologne on Thursday night.

The Arsenal target man was just as one-dimensional when he was asked about the importance of Saturday's win against Bournemouth.

Arsenal will also be without suspended Laurent Koscielny and the injured Francis Coquelin, who is set for three weeks out with a hamstring problem. "Three days is plenty of time to recover".

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With his goal expected to be peppered by the Gunners' attack on the night, he will need to be at his best to ensure his side goes back home with an unlikely point - or more.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal's Super Sunday clash against Premier League champions Chelsea, Bellerin believes their current form can be compared to their opponents' start last season and that the Gunners shouldn't be considered out of the title race.

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

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

On whether long time absentee Jack Wilshere will play against Cologne, Wenger said he is yet to decide.

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.



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