You are here
Home > Arsenal > Arsenal to miss 5 players for Europa League game against FC Koln

Arsenal to miss 5 players for Europa League game against FC Koln

Arsene Wenger, Arsedevils

The Gunners begin their European campaign this week but for the first time it will be in the Europa League instead of the usual Champions League with us facing Bundesliga’s bottom placed team Fc Koln in the group stages.

[spacer height=”30px”]

Because of last season’s fifth place finish, the Gunners will begin life in Europe’s second competition.

[spacer height=”30px”]

After registering a 3-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth in the Premier league, Arsenal are up in the Europa League in their first group stage match against FC Koln but will have to keep an eye on the weekend Premier League fixture.

[spacer height=”30px”]

The Gunners face defending champions Chelsea during the weekend and will look to build momentum ahead of their trip to Stanford Bridge.

[spacer height=”30px”]

In a bid to keep his squad fresh and provide game time to other first time players, Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger plans to make drastic changes to his starting line up with as many as 5 changes to the squad that faced Bournemouth on Match day 4.

[spacer height=”30px”]

With Wenger not handing starting roles to players like Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez last time out, the newspaper reports that all of them are set to be included in the starting 11 on thursday.

[spacer height=”30px”]

Along with Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla already ruled out, more number of players are set to be left out of match day squad as they have played a couple of matches in the International break and also again on Saturday.

[spacer height=”30px”]

Laurent Koscielny for one will also not be available for Arsenal’s first Europa League game of the season because of suspension. Arsenal Captain was sent off during Arsenals last Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich and as a result will serve his suspension.

[spacer height=”30px”]

Speaking to Arsenal official website, Wenger has confirmed his plans of leaving a few first team players out for the Europa League clash against FC Koln

[spacer height=”30px”]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]

It will be a Premier League team.
[spacer height=”20px”]
Some players will come in of course, because many players played twice for the national team, and then again today.
[spacer height=”20px”]
So two or three will not be in the squad, but most of them will play.

[/perfectpullquote]

[spacer height=”30px”]

Speaking on the possibility of including Jack Wilshere in the starting line up Wenger said :

[spacer height=”30px”]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]

I told you in the [pre-match] press conference that he’s getting stronger and stronger.
[spacer height=”20px”]
The fact that Francis is now out gives him a chance as well.
[spacer height=”20px”]
I don’t know yet. He’s not far from that.

[/perfectpullquote]

[spacer height=”30px”]

That means along with Coquelin, Cazorla, Koscielny already out, other players like Lacazette, Ozil and Ramsey should be left out of the starting line.

[spacer height=”30px”]

It should see players like Giroud, Elneny, Iwobi, Walcott or even young Ress Nelson getting the nod at right wing back.

[spacer height=”30px”]

Jack Wilshere is probably not ready yet to feature from the start but will most likely make an appearance depending on how the match plays out.

[spacer height=”30px”]

Other players like Ospina, Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker will surely be a part of the team against FC Koln.

[spacer height=”30px”]

As for Sanchez I doubt he will be included in the starting line up.  Not completely match fit and a much more necessity for the weekend trip to Chelsea, being on the bench serves him and us better than unnecessarily taking the field.

[spacer height=”30px”]

Giroud is definitely starting as our main striker, as for Walcott if he has any chance of making it in this new formation, the Europa League group stages surely provides him the perfect platform to showcase his adjustability and efficiency in the team.

[spacer height=”30px”]

Although we do wish to take the Europa League seriously during the latter stages, for now the group stages provides us the perfect platform to experiment with our setup in incorporating different players in different positions and for providing exposure to the youngsters like Ress Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in dealing with relatively high profile oppositions.

[spacer height=”30px”]

 

Soham De
Writer who specializes in overcoming the yearly heartbreak of being an Arsenal supporter. Tries to make life better by venting out thoughts, writings about anything and everythings thats exciting about Arsenal FC. Always up for debates and discussions but only about Arsenal
https://arsedevils.com

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Top