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Arsenal drops down to the Europa League for the first time since losing the 2000 final on penalties to Galatasaray and are expected to prove a class apart in Thursday’s clash with Cologne.
With a Premier League trip to Chelsea coming just three days later, Arsene Wenger may opt to make a few changes at Emirates Stadium.
However, he does have plenty of options, especially up front, and we’re on the Gunners at 87/100 to win by more than one goal in our Arsenal vs Cologne betting predictions.
Arsenal will definitely be without Laurent Koscielny, who is suspended after being sent off in last season’s 5-1 Champions League home loss to Bayern Munich.
However, they did receive a welcome boost to morale when cruising to a 3-0 domestic defeat of Bournemouth on Saturday, having previously lost to Stoke and Liverpool.
A quick look at the bench for that match highlights how many attacking weapons Wenger has to call on, with Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi failing to make the starting line-up.
With Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette helping to demolish the Cherries, the Gunners should have the strength in-depth to give this competition a real go.